- What is metronidazole gel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for metronidazole gel?
- Is metronidazole gel available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for metronidazole gel?
- What are the uses for metronidazole gel?
- What are the side effects of metronidazole gel?
- What is the dosage for metronidazole gel?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with metronidazole gel?
- Is metronidazole gel safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about metronidazole gel?
What is metronidazole gel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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, amoeba, 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.
What brand names are available for metronidazole gel?
Metrogel, Metrocream, Metrolotion, Metrogel Vaginal, Vandazole, Noritate, Rosadan, Nuvessa
Is metronidazole gel available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for metronidazole gel?
What are the uses for metronidazole gel?
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").
What are the side effects of metronidazole gel?
Common side effects are:
- skin irritation,
- allergic reaction,
- candida vaginitis during or shortly after therapy,
- vaginal vulvar itching,
- gastrointestinal cramps or pain,
- nausea, and
- metallic taste.
Other important side effects include:
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