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Metronidazole Vaginal Gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: Metronidazole Vaginal Gel (MET roe NYE da zole)
Brand Name: MetroGel Vaginal

Uses of Metronidazole Vaginal Gel:

  • It is used to treat vaginal infections.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Metronidazole Vaginal Gel?

  • If you have an allergy to metronidazole or any other part of metronidazole vaginal gel.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take metronidazole vaginal gel with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Metronidazole Vaginal Gel?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol. You may need to avoid drinking alcohol while using metronidazole vaginal gel and for some time after your last dose.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • Do not douche or use other vaginal products like tampons while you are using metronidazole vaginal gel. You may need to avoid these things for some time after care ends. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you use this medicine.

How is this medicine (Metronidazole Vaginal Gel) best taken?

Use metronidazole vaginal gel as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to take this medicine as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Do not take metronidazole vaginal gel by mouth. For vaginal use only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Some products are to be used at bedtime. For some products it does not matter. Check with the pharmacist about how to use this medicine.
  • Do not have vaginal sex while using metronidazole vaginal gel.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad vaginal irritation.
  • Vaginal discharge.

What are some other side effects of Metronidazole Vaginal Gel?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Irritation where this medicine is used.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Period (menstrual) pain.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Metronidazole Vaginal Gel?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about metronidazole vaginal gel, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about metronidazole vaginal gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using metronidazole vaginal gel.

Review Date: September 6, 2017

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