Metronidazole

Usual solid dosage form
Tablets
Available as a liquid
Yes - oral suspension
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes - oral suspension
Liquid strengths
200mg/5mL
Liquid sugar free or not
No
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
No
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
Yes - oral solution, suspension
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
First line choice is to administer as intravenous infusion or rectally with suppositories if appropriate. Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer metronidazole oral suspension via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Available as other formulations?
Suppositories, infusion, cream, gel, vaginal gel
Note
Extemporaneous formula available for oral suspension - 50mg/mL
Film coated
Yes
Modified release
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Metronidazole
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest that it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this an unlicensed use of the medication.