Vandazole (Metronidazole)

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    Vandazole (Metronidazole)

    Metronidazole is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.  Metronidazole vaginal is used to treat vaginal infections caused by bacteria.  Metronidazole vaginal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

    Warnings and Precautions

    Do not use metronidazole vaginal if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

    Before using metronidazole vaginal, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

    • liver disease;
    • a seizure disorder; or
    • problems with circulation (such as Raynaud's syndrome).

    If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use metronidazole vaginal.

    FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

    Metronidazole vaginal may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

    Side Effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Rare but serious side effects may include:

    • seizure (convulsions); or
    • numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet.

    Less serious side effects may include:

    • mild burning or stinging when the medication is applied;
    • pelvic pain or cramps;
    • loss of appetite, constipation, upset stomach, vomiting;
    • dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia);
    • runny nose;
    • urinating more than usual;
    • acne, increased sweating; or
    • breast discharge or enlargement.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Interactions with this medication

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Rare but serious side effects may include:

    • seizure (convulsions); or
    • numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet.

    Less serious side effects may include:

    • mild burning or stinging when the medication is applied;
    • pelvic pain or cramps;
    • loss of appetite, constipation, upset stomach, vomiting;
    • dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia);
    • runny nose;
    • urinating more than usual;
    • acne, increased sweating; or
    • breast discharge or enlargement.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Proper Use of this medication

    Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

    Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

    Insert the cream into your vagina using the applicator as directed.

    Your medication may come with disposable applicators. Use each applicator for only 1 day and then throw it away. If you use the medication twice daily, wash and rinse the applicator after your morning dose and use it again for your evening dose. Then throw it away and use a new applicator the next day.

    Use metronidazole vaginal for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor, even during your menstrual period. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.

    If the infection does not clear up after you have finished one course of therapy, or if your symptoms get worse, see your doctor. You may have another type of infection that metronidazole will not treat.

    You may need to use a sanitary napkin during treatment, but do not use a tampon.

    Metronidazole vaginal can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medication.

    Store metronidazole vaginal at room temperature away from moisture or heat. Do not allow it to freeze.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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