Why is Metrogel prescribed?
Metrogel, with the generic name Metronidazole, is a vaginal gel used to treat bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal infection caused by the overgrowth of bacteria that are normally found in the vagina, which causes itching and foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
What does it do?
Metronidazole belongs to a class of medications called nitroimidazole antimicrobials which halts the growth of bacteria to eliminate the infection and manage the symptoms associated with bacterial vaginosis.
How should I use it?
Metrogel is currently available as a 1% vaginal gel, applied directly into the vagina. Follow the instructions that come with the prescription label, and ask your pharmacist or doctor regarding its use.
The dosage strength and frequency depend on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only use this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper use of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, apply immediately. However, if it’s close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never administer two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before using Metrogel?
Avoid the intake of alcohol while using this medication. Avoid vaginal intercourse or use of tampons, douches, or other vaginal products while using Metrogel. Take caution when applying this medication, and avoid direct contact with eyes, mouth, or skin. In case of contact, immediately wash off with cold water. Do not swallow this medication. If swallowed, immediately contact your physician.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking. Discuss your current and previous medical history and any allergic reactions to Metrogel or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Metrogel, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in taste
Serious side effects may include:
- Vaginal discharge, irritation, or itching
- Burning, numbness, pain, or tingling sensation on limbs
- Hives, itching, blistering, peeling, or rash
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Metrogel. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when used with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Metrogel with any of the following medications:
- Alcohol 5% in dextrose 5%
- Alcohol and dextrose injections USP hypertonic
- Black cohosh
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Keep Metrogel in its original packaging in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Metrogel is accepted for use in pregnant or lactating women only if the benefits outweigh the risks associated with its use. Consider the developmental risks to the unborn fetus or breastfed infant, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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