metronidazole
(Metrogel)

Metronidazole is used to treat some bacterial infections, including skin infections, abdominal infections, venereal disease, respiratory tract infections, endocarditis, meningitis and others. It is also used to treat protozoal infections including giardia, malaria, and amoebic dysentery, among others. Topical metronidazole may be used to treat rosacea.

Metronidazole is used to treat some bacterial infections, including skin infections, abdominal infections, venereal disease, respiratory tract infections, endocarditis, meningitis and others. It is also used to treat protozoal infections including giardia, malaria, and amoebic dysentery, among others. Topical metronidazole may be used to treat rosacea.

The exact formulation and dosage prescribed will depend on the condition being treated. If you have been prescribed metronidazole pills or tablets, follow the dosing directions provided by your doctor; take all of the prescribed medication.

If you have been prescribed the extended release tablets to treat bacterial vaginitis, it must be taken whole, without food. Take all of the prescribed medication.

If the topical gel has been prescribed, apply it twice daily for five days using the special applicator that is provided.

If you are using the cream to treat acne rosacea, use it once or twice a day; it does not cure this condition so continue using it even though the symptoms subside. Apply the cream by hand to the face 15 to 20 minutes after cleansing the area.

Wash hands thoroughly after applying either the metronidazole cream or gel to prevent the spread of infection. Do not use tampons when being treated with metronidazole gel, as they will absorb the medication.

Pregnancy: Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are nursing; if you become pregnant while taking this medication, call your physician immediately for instructions.

Interactions: Tell your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants or any prescription or over-the-counter medications; avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight as metronidazole may make the skin sensitive to it; do not drink alcohol while using the vaginal gel. Metronidazole may have negative interactions with the following: disulfiram, Amprenavir, Warfarin, cyclosporine, lithium, cholestyramine, and certain chemotherapy medications.

Medical Conditions: Before taking any form of this medication tell your doctor if you are allergic to metronidazole or any medications; if you have liver disease; a blood disease; a disease or condition of the central nervous system; Crohn’s disease; optic or peripheral neuropathy; seizures; vaginal yeast infection, or oral thrush. 

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