Bacterial Vaginosis - Medications
antibiotics metronidazole (such as Flagyl and MetroGel),
clindamycin (such as Cleocin and Clindesse), and tinidazole (such as Tindamax) are used to
bacterial vaginosis. Depending on the antibiotic you
are prescribed, you may take it by mouth or use it vaginally.
During pregnancy, women who are high-risk for preterm labor are advised
to avoid vaginal application of any treatment. Some doctors recommend that all
pregnant women avoid vaginal treatments.
Medicines inserted into the
vagina cause fewer side effects than oral medicines, although they can make you
vaginal yeast infection.
treatment for bacterial vaginosis, ask your doctor whether you should:
- Use oral medicine or medicine inserted into the
vagina. Some women prefer to take pills rather than using a vaginal
- Avoid having sex during the time that you are being
- Continue treatment during your menstrual period. Medicine
placed in your vagina is harder to use during your period, but your
doctor may recommend continuing treatment during this time.
drinking alcohol during treatment with metronidazole or tinidazole. These
medicines can cause severe nausea and vomiting if you drink alcohol when you
are taking one of them. Clindamycin does not.
The oil in clindamycin cream and ovules can weaken latex. This means condoms and diaphragms may break, and you may not be protected from STIs or pregnancy.