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Metronidazole is a generic version of the brand-name nitroimidazole antibiotics Metrogel, Metrocream and Noritate. It combats a range of infections, including bacterial vaginosis (BV) and trichomoniasis. Both tablet and topical forms help stop specific parasite and bacteria growth.
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About Metronidazole (Generic Metrogel)
How does it work?
This antibiotic fights harmful bacteria and (some) parasites in our bodies, stopping the tiny invaders from growing and spreading. This helps our immune system defeat them so that we can feel better.
What does it treat?Metronidazole treats bacterial infections like bacterial vaginosis. It can also help infections caused by tiny organisms (parasites). This can help with conditions in the stomach, skin, joints and other body parts. (That’s why it’s also often used as a rosacea treatment.) It does not treat viral infections like flu or the common cold.
What forms does it come in?
Metronidazole comes as pills, liquids and creams. The condition you have will determine the form you’re prescribed.
Metronidazole vs. Metrogel
Both contain the same medicine—but they're used in different ways. Metronidazole comes as a pill or a liquid and so can treat various infections in the body. Metrogel comes in a gel form and is mainly used to treat skin problems like rosacea.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a BV prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Metronidazole 500 mg (14 tablets) start at $4.16.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Metronidazole 500 mg (14 tablets)*
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Metronidazole (Generic Metrogel) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Metronidazole?
- Fights bacteria and parasites
- Treats various infections
- Helps stomach, skin and other areas
Who should not use this medication?
- Those allergic to it
- People with liver problems
- People with kidney problems
- People with blood cell disorders
- Those pregnant in their first trimester
- Regular alcohol consumers
Discuss these conditions with your licensed medical provider before starting this medication.
How do I use this medication?
You take Metronidazole tablets and pills at the same time daily. To avoid an upset stomach, take it with food or milk. If using the topical form, apply a thin layer to the affected skin area and gently rub it in. Always follow the directions provided by your health provider.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, try to take it as soon as you remember. But if it's close to the time for your next dose? Don't double or take extra to make up for the missed dose. Just continue with your prescribed schedule.
What happens if I use too much?
Taking too much of this medication can lead to side effects like nausea, vomiting or dizziness. To avoid these, follow your medical provider’s instructions and don’t take more than prescribed. If you think you’ve taken too much, immediately call your licensed provider or poison control center (800-222-1222).
Can I get Metronidazole (Generic Metrogel) online?
Yes! Just start a seamless online consultation with Dr. B online. A licensed medical provider will review your health history and current symptoms. If appropriate, they’ll send an online prescription to your chosen pharmacy.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Sudip Bose
Sudip Bose, MD is a world-leading emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor, and entrepreneur. With a wide variety of experience, Dr. Bose is focused on endeavors with large-scale health and educational impact. He founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit assisting veterans with healthcare needs. Dr. Bose is also a clinical professor at Texas Tech and University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the honors program at Northwestern University, where he continued his medical school education at The Feinberg School of Medicine.
Not everyone will experience side effects while taking this medication. When they do present, they’re often mild. Such mild side effects include:
- Upset stomach
- Metallic taste
- Dark urine
Contact your healthcare provider if you experience severe side effects. These include painful urination, easy bruising or signs of an infection like fever or sore throat. Severe side effects include confusion, trouble speaking, severe headache, a stiff neck and numbness/tingling in your arms or legs. If you experience any of those, seek emergency help immediately.