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Metronidazole is a synthetic agent that inhibits nucleic acid synthesis in microbial cells. It is available in various forms such as tablets, gel, cream, capsule, and suspension.

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Metronidazole PPT Summary

  1. Metronidazole is a synthetic antiprotozoal and antibacterial agent belonging to the group of nitro imidazoles.
  2. It acts by inhibiting nucleic acid synthesis in microbial cells, but has little effect on human or aerobic cells.
  3. Metronidazole is used to treat anaerobe infections, Clostridium difficile, H. pylori, bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas vaginitis, amebiasis, and giardiasis.
  4. Common side effects include epigastric distress, seizures, metallic taste, darkening of urine, peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis, hepatitis, fever, reversible neutropenia, and Stevens–Johnson syndrome.
  5. Metronidazole should be used with caution in pregnant and lactating women, and it is important to inquire about pregnancy, chronic illnesses, alcohol consumption, and other medications before dispensing it.


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