metronidazole gel, Metrogel, Metrocream, Metrolotion, Metrogel Vaginal, Vandazole
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
GENERIC NAME: metronidazole gel/cream/lotion
BRAND NAME: Metrogel, Metrocream, Metrolotion, Metrogel Vaginal, Vandazole, Noritate, Rosadan
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, 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.
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").
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2015
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