12.02 Metronidazole (Flagyl)

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Generic Name


Trade Name



intra-abdominal infections, gynecoligical infections, skin infections, bone and joint infections, CNS
infections, septicemia, endocarditis, amebic liver abscess, peptic ulcer disease


Inhibits DNA and protein synthesis in bacteria, bactericidal

Therapeutic Class

anti-infectives, antiprotozoals, antiulcer agents

Pharmacologic Class


Nursing Considerations

• do not take with alcohol-disulfiram reaction
• assess for infection before and during treatment
• obtain cultures before therapy
• monitor neurologic status: parasthesia, weakness, ataxia, or seizures
• monitor intake and output, daily weights
• may alter liver enzyme tests

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  • Question 1 of 1

A client has been prescribed metronidazole for an infection. The nurse should counsel this client not to take this drug if he has which of the following conditions? Select all that apply.

Module 0 – Pharmacology Course Introduction

Module 3 – Disease Specific Medications

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