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ATC codes: P01AB01
EMLc
Indication
Amoebiasis ICD11 code: 1A36.Z
INN
Metronidazole
Medicine type
Chemical agent
Antibiotic groups
List type
Core
Formulations
Oral > Liquid: 200 mg per 5 mL (as benzoate)
Oral > Solid: 200 to 500 mg tablet
Parenteral > General injections > unspecified: 500 mg in 100 mL vial
EML status history
First added in 1977 (TRS 615)
Changed in 1979 (TRS 641)
Changed in 1982 (TRS 685)
Changed in 1987 (TRS 770)
Changed in 2007 (TRS 950)
Sex
All
Age
Also recommended for children
Therapeutic equivalence
Medicines within the same pharmacological class can be used
Patent information
Patents have expired in most jurisdictions
Summary of evidence and Expert Committee recommendations
Metronidazole is not licensed for use in neonates or children under 1 year while tinidazole is licensed for intestinal amoebiasis in children (age not specified). The Subcommittee therefore recommended that metronidazole (and tinidazole which would be covered by square box listing of metronidazole) be endorsed as essential medicines in the forms currently available in the 15th EML.