Metronidazole is the generic name of Flagyl, the popular anaerobic bacteria antibiotic treatment drug. Metronidazole tablets are very popular as not only are they very effective in treating bacterial infections and diseases, but also because doctors trust them and prescribe them frequently to patients who have developed infections. The type of antibiotics metronidazole tablets fall under is nitroimidazoles and this type of antibiotic medication is not only effective in treating infections caused by bacteria, but also by protozoa and amoeba.
What makes metronidazole tablets very effective is that it works by stopping or inhibiting bacteria nucleic acid synthesis. This mechanism of action disrupts the DNA makeup of the cells of microbes that is causing the infection. The action of metronidazole tablets is very effective on anaerobic organisms but has no effect on aerobic bacteria and human cells. Since metronidazole tablets do not have any effect on the human cells, there are very little side effects to its use and is the very reason why doctors trust metronidazole tablets for antibacterial purposes.
Metronidazole tablets come in dosages of 250mg, 500mg, and 750mg. The 750mg metronidazole tablets are extended-release tablets. If you have been prescribed a particular dosage of metronidazole tablets, make sure to follow the directions given to you by your doctor so that you get optimal treatment. While there is really no overdosage in antibiotics, the possibility of developing resistance to the antibiotic may prove to be disadvantageous on your part which is why it is recommended to always follow the directions given to you by your doctor. Continue reading