Metronidazole (Flagyl®, MetroCream®, MetroGel®, MetroGel-Vaginal®, MetroLotion®, Noritate®, Vandazole®) is an antibiotic often prescribed for the treatment of various infections. It is particularly useful for treating infections caused by anaerobic bacteria, which do not require oxygen to survive, and certain parasites.
This medication comes in both oral and topical forms. There are several different forms of topical metronidazole; cream, lotion, and gel products are all available in a variety of strengths, including:
- MetroCream 0.75 percent cream
- MetroGel 0.75 and 1 percent gel
- MetroGel-Vaginal 0.75 percent vaginal gel
- MetroLotion 0.75 lotion
- Noritate 1 percent cream
- Vandazole 0.75 percent vaginal gel.
Metronidazole vaginal gel and cream are both approved for treating bacterial vaginosis. The medicine is typically applied once or twice daily for five days.
Metronidazole cream or lotion (for the skin) is approved for treating rosacea. The recommended dosage for these skin products is a thin layer applied once or twice a day (depending on the particular product). Wash the area with a mild cleanser before application. You may use cosmetics after applying metronidazole skin products.
(Click Metronidazole for information on how this medication works, specific uses, and what side effects or problems may occur during the treatment process.)