What is Metronidazole?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Flagyl Metrocaps

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Metronidazole is an antibiotic and antiprotozoal agent used to treat susceptible bacterial and protozoal infections; as part of a multidrug regimen for H.pylori eradication to reduce risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence; topically it is used to treat rosacea. Off label it is used for Crohn's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diverticulitis 22 14
Bacterial Vaginosis 19 13
Lyme Disease 10 4
Rosacea 10 5
Crohn's Disease 6 5
Clostridium difficile 5 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 14
Moderate 17
Mild 10
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metronidazole

Side effect Patients
Nausea 7
Diarrhea 4
Metallic taste in mouth 4
Dizziness with nausea 2
Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction 2
Pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metronidazole

Dosage Patients
250 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Metronidazole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 72
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 12
Did not seem to work 9
Other 5
Personal research 3
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Metronidazole

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1

Stopped taking Metronidazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 62
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 61
Usually 5
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 4
< $25 28
Not specified 38

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metronidazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Hydrocortisone topical (Cortizone-10) 1
Rifaximin (Xifaxan) 1

Patients stopped taking Metronidazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Vancomycin (Vancocin) 1
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8 patient evaluations for Metronidazole

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pheonix61
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pheonix61
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 65
Condition: COPD 43 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
COPD

See pheonix61's full Metronidazole history

Mar 13, 2014 (Started Mar 06, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diverticulitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
AutumnFairy
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AutumnFairy
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F46y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pseudomembranous Colitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Clostridium difficile)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Metallic taste in mouth, Stomach upset)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Grifter
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Grifter
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Unreported
Overall: Unreported
Cognition: unreported
Vision: unreported
Speech: unreported
Swallowing: unreported
Upper limb: unreported
Walking: unreported
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Jan 20, 2013 (Started Oct 26, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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