Skip to content
    Drugs & Medications

    Metronidazole Gel

    COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Nuvessa

    GENERIC NAME(S): Metronidazole

    Find Lowest Prices

    Uses

    This medication is used to treat a certain type of vaginal infection (bacterial vaginosis) in women who are not pregnant. Metronidazole is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

    How to use Metronidazole Gel

    Read the Patient Information Leaflet and the Instructions for Use that come with this product before you start using this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    This product is for vaginal use only. Wash your hands before and after use. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If it gets into your eyes, rinse them with cool water. Call your doctor if eye irritation persists.

    Insert the applicator filled with medication high into the vagina and press the plunger to release the medication. This product is given as a single dose at bedtime.

    Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve after several days or if it gets worse.

    Side Effects

    Although uncommon, dizziness, headache, or mild stomach upset may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

    Infrequently, vaginal discomfort/itching/discharge may occur or worsen. These symptoms may be due to a new vaginal infection (such as a yeast/fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice a change in vaginal discharge or other new vaginal symptoms.

    Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

    Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, seizures.

    A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

    This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

    In the US -

    Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

    Precautions

    Before using metronidazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other nitroimidazole antibiotics (such as tinidazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as paraben preservatives), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

    Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: nervous system disorders (such as seizures, numbness/tingling of the hands/feet).

    This drug may rarely make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.

    Do not drink alcohol while using this medication and for at least 24 hours after treatment. Drinking alcohol while using this medication may cause stomach cramps, flushing, nausea, vomiting, and headache.

    Do not have vaginal sex or use tampons or douches while using this medication.

    During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Antibiotics taken by mouth have been used to treat vaginal infections during pregnancy, especially high-risk pregnancies (for example, if there is a risk of early childbirth). Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the risks and benefits.

    The medication in this product may pass into breast milk in small amounts. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

    Interactions

    See also Precautions section.

    Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

    Do not use this medication if you have taken disulfiram within the last 2 weeks.

    Do not take products containing alcohol or propylene glycol while using this medication and for at least 24 hours after treatment. Ask your pharmacist for more details.

    This product may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

    Overdose

    This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

    Notes

    Do not share this medication with others.

    Missed Dose

    Not applicable.

    Storage

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

    Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised July 2017. Copyright(c) 2017 First Databank, Inc.

    Images

    Sorry. No images are available for this medication.

    Add to Cabinet

    Add Adderall to my medicine cabinet.

    Did you know?

    With WebMD's Medicine Cabinet, you can check interactions with drugs.

    Go to medicine cabinet

    Selected from data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider and is not for distribution, expect as may be authorized by the applicable terms of use.

    CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

    More about Drugs and Medications

    Newsletters

    Subscribe to free WebMD newsletters.

    • WebMD Daily

      WebMD Daily

      Subscribe to the WebMD Daily, and you'll get today's top health news and trending topics, and the latest and best information from WebMD.

    • Men's Health

      Men's Health

      Subscribe to the Men's Health newsletter for the latest on disease prevention, fitness, sex, nutrition, and more from WebMD.

    • Women's Health

      Women's Health

      Subscribe to the Women's Health newsletter for the latest on disease prevention, fitness, sex, diet, anti-aging, and more from WebMD.

    By clicking Submit, I agree to the WebMD Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of WebMD subscriptions at any time.

    URAC Seal TRUSTe Privacy Certification TAG seal HONcode Seal AdChoices