metronidazole - vaginal, Metrogel
GENERIC NAME: METRONIDAZOLE - VAGINAL (MET-roe-NYE-da-zole)
BRAND NAME(S): Metrogel
USES: This medication is used to treat certain types of bacterial infections in the vagina. It may help to decrease itching, discharge and other symptoms. Metronidazole is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
HOW TO USE: This medication is for vaginal use only. Learn the correct way to apply this medication by reading the instructions on the product package. Use as directed, usually once or twice daily. If using once daily, use the medication at bedtime. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions on the correct way to use this medication.Fill the applicator provided with the medication. Insert the applicator high into the vagina and press the plunger to release the medication. Clean the applicator with warm soapy water and rinse well.Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this occurs, rinse your eyes with large amounts of cool water.Do not drink alcohol while using this medication and for at least 24 hours after stopping the medication. Drinking alcohol while using this medication may cause stomach cramps, flushing, nausea, vomiting, and headache.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Do not have vaginal sex or use tampons or douches while using this medication.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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