metronidazole gel, Metrogel, Metrocream, Metrolotion, Metrogel Vaginal, Vandazole (cont.)
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:
SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects are:
Other important side effects include:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: 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 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).
DOSING: To treat rosacea, a thin film of metronidazole gel should be rubbed on affected areas once or twice daily. The usual dose of vaginal metronidazole gel is one applicator full (containing 37.5mg of metronidazole) intravaginally twice daily for five days. It should be applied once in the morning and once in the evening.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed while being treated with metronidazole vaginal gel since this may result in headache, nausea, weakness, confusion, and even psychosis. This is the same reaction (disulfiram reaction) that occurs in alcoholics who drink alcohol while taking disulfiram (Antabuse), a drug used to discourage alcoholics from drinking alcohol.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2015
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