metronidazole - vaginal, Metrogel (cont.)
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.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using metronidazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other nitroimidazole antibiotics (e.g., tinidazole); or to certain preservatives (parabens); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: seizures, liver disease, certain blood disorders (blood dyscrasias), nervous system disease.This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Oral antibiotics have been used to treat vaginal infections during pregnancy, especially high-risk pregnancies (e.g., risk of early childbirth). Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the risks and benefits.This drug passes into breast milk. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breast-feeding.
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