metronidazole gel, Metrogel, Metrocream, Metrolotion, Metrogel Vaginal, Vandazole

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GENERIC NAME: metronidazole gel/cream/lotion

BRAND NAME: Metrogel, Metrocream, Metrolotion, Metrogel Vaginal, Vandazole

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Metronidazole is a man-made drug that is effective against certain bacteria and parasites (protozoa). The topical forms of metronidazole are used for treating vaginal infections with protozoa such as Trichomonas vaginalis, ameba, and Giardia and also is effective against anaerobic bacterial infections. (Anaerobic bacteria are a type of bacteria that can grow without the presence of oxygen.) Metronidazole gel also is used for treating rosacea, a type of skin rash. Metronidazole was approved by the FDA in 1963.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Topical gel (0.75%, 1%), cream or lotion (0.75%): Vaginal gel (0.75%)

STORAGE: Topical forms of metronidazole should be stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Metronidazole topical gel, cream, and lotion are used for treating rosacea. Metronidazole vaginal gel is used for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (also referred to as Hemophilus vaginitis, Gardnerella vaginitis, or nonspecific vaginitis), a bacterial infection of the vagina. It is not effective in treating another common vaginal infection, Candidal vaginosis ("yeast infection").




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