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Secnidazole

Use

This drug is used for the treatment of following conditions:

  • vaginosis (vaginal infection caused by bacteria)
  • tricomoniasis (sexually transmitted infection caused by protozoa)
  • amoebiasis (parasitic infection caused by amoeba)
  • giardiasis (intestinal infection caused by flagellate protozoan)

IUPAC name: 1-(2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole-1-yl)propan-2-ol

Drug class: Nitroimidazole antimicrobial

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

Secnidazole works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of microorganisms that causes infection. Thus helps in inhibiting their growth.

Side effects

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, pain in abdomen, unusual vaginal odor, yellowish or white vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, yeast infection in vagina.

Precautions

Take the following precautions before using this drug and notify your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to it or to other antimicrobial medication ( such as metronidazole, tinidazole), or if you have any other allergies,
  • If you are taking any other medications (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),
  • You should not breastfeed for 4 days after taking secnidazole.
  • Use of this medication is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • If you get pregnant or think you may be pregnant, consult your doctor.

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