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Secnidazole is an antibiotic which is effective to control anaerobic infections. This antibiotic treats only certain bacterial infections but does not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu).
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Uses of Secnidazole

  • Anaerobic infections such as-
  • Intraperitoneal infections: peritonitis, abscess
  • Gynaecological infections: endometritis, endomyometritis, ovarian tube abscess
  • Bacterial septicaemia
  • Postoperative wound infections
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Upper and lower respiratory tract infections: pneumonia, empyema, lung abscess
  • Non-specific vaginitis
  • Acute ulcerative gingivitis
  • Urogenital trichomoniasis
  • Giardiasis
  • Intestinal amoebiasis
  • Amoebic involvement of the liver
  • Prophylaxis: The prevention of postoperative infections caused by anaerobic bacteria, especially those associated with colonic, gastrointestinal and gynaecological surgery

Contraindications of Secnidazole

When should one not use Secnidazole

Allergy to this medicine.

Side effects of Secnidazole

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Infrequently vaginal itching or discharge may occur
  • Serious allergic reactions-including rash, itching, swelling
  • Altered taste sensation
  • Unsteadiness
  • Trouble in breathing

Precautions and Warnings of Secnidazole


Can I take Secnidazole during pregnancy?
It is not safe to take Secnidazole during pregnancy, especially in the first three months.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Secnidazole while breastfeeding?
It is advised to consult a doctor before taking this medicine as it is not considered safe for nursing mothers.


Can I drive if I have consumed Secnidazole?
You should not drive if you experience any discomfort after taking this medicine.


Can I consume alcohol with Secnidazole?
Intake of alcohol while on Secnidazole treatment is to be strictly restricted as it may cause severe reactions.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • Tell your doctor if-
  • You notice any allergic reaction, rashes, swelling, etc. after taking this medicine
  • You have a blood disorder or a history of blood disorders
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have taken alcohol recently

Mode of Action of Secnidazole

How Does It Work?

It is an antibiotic that treats infection by stopping the growth of anaerobic bacteria.

Interactions of Secnidazole

Interactions with other medicines

  • Blood-thinning medicines
  • Birth control pills
  • Antibiotics (such as Rifampin, Rifabutin) can decrease their effectiveness

Interactions with food items

No relevant data found.

Dosage of Secnidazole


If you happen to take an overdose of this medicine, get immediate medical treatment.

Missed a Dose

If you missed a dose, try to follow the regular dose pattern. Do not take a double dose.

Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Is this medicine an antibiotic?

A: Yes, this medicine is an antibiotic that combats bacteria. It is mainly effective against anaerobic bacterial infections.

Q: Is it safe to take Secnidazole during pregnancy?

A: It is not safe to take this medicine. Talk to your doctor and go for an alternative medication if needed to take during pregnancy.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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