Also Known As: Metronidazole, Flagyl, Nidagyl, Mepagyl
Metronidazole (INN) is a nitroimidazole antibiotic medication used particularly for anaerobic bacteria and protozoa. Metronidazole is an antibiotic, amebicide, and antiprotozoal. It is the drug of choice for first episodes of mild-to-moderate Clostridium difficile infection. It is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Flagyl in the US, by Sanofi-Aventis globally under the same tradename Flagyl, in Pakistan and Bangladesh it is also available with the brand name of Nidagyl manufactured and marketed by Star Laboratories. In Thailand it is marketed as Mepagyl by Thai Nakhorn Patana. They are also marketed in UK by Milpharm Limited and Almus Pharmaceuticals. Metronidazole was developed in 1960.
Metronidazole is used also as a gel preparation in the treatment of the dermatological conditions such as rosacea (Rozex and MetroGel by Galderma) and fungating tumours (Anabact, Cambridge Healthcare Supplies).