Metronidazole (Vaginal)

Description

Metronidazole (Vaginal) is an antibacterial and antiprotozoal agent, which is used for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (overgrowth of bacteria in the vaginal area). This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Metronidazole (Vaginal)

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal itching
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irregular menstrual periods

Uses of Metronidazole (Vaginal)

What is it prescribed for?

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to metronidazole, other nitroimidazoles, or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Other medicines

This medicine may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Intravaginal use only

This medicine is recommended for intravaginal use only. It is not recommended for oral, ophthalmic, or dermal use.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms unless it is applied for a prolonged period of time in large volumes. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and protozoa by interfering with DNA synthesis.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Vaginal anti-infectives

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2019 [cited 17 October 2019]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/021806lbl.pdf

Zidoval 7.5 mg/g Vaginal Gel - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (emc) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2019 [cited 17 October 2019]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9525

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Information on this page was last updated on 18 Oct 2019

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