metronidazole - vaginal, Metrogel (cont.)
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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, unusual taste in the mouth, stomach cramps, or vaginal itching/burning/discharge may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, painful urination.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: tingling or numbness of the hands and feet, seizures, signs of another infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), mental/mood changes (e.g., depression).Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new vaginal yeast infection (vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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