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Metronidazole

Metronidazole is a medicine that is commonly used to treat bacterial infections. It is often prescribed in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis by killing the bacteria responsible for this infection. You may be prescribed a seven-day course of metronidazole or a single dose. It’s important that you take this medicine as prescribed to ensure the infection has fully cleared.

To get a prescription for metronidazole simply complete our medical consultation to ensure this is a suitable treatment for you. Once approved it will be dispensed and sent to you via fast, tracked delivery.

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PIL Updated on: 11/03/2019

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Metronidazole is a medicine that is commonly used to treat bacterial infections. It is often prescribed in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis by killing the bacteria responsible for this infection. You may be prescribed a seven-day course of metronidazole or a single dose. It’s important that you take this medicine as prescribed to ensure the infection has fully cleared.

To get a prescription for metronidazole simply complete our medical consultation to ensure this is a suitable treatment for you. Once approved it will be dispensed and sent to you via fast, tracked delivery.

Please note: Brand received may vary

Prices start from £24.99 for 14 tablets

PIL Updated on: 11/03/2019

See Metronidazole Patient Information Leaflet

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What is metronidazole?

Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections and conditions. Most commonly used to treat a vaginal infection known as bacterial vaginosis, it can also treat skin infections, mouth infections, and a condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease. This antibiotic is available in many forms including tablets, creams, gels, liquid medicine, and suppositories. To treat bacterial vaginosis which occurs when there is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, you may be given a course of metronidazole tablets to clear the infection. Metronidazole is a prescription medication that you can obtain from a registered doctor.

How does metronidazole work?

Metronidazole works by killing the bacteria and stopping them from multiplying. It gets into the bacterial cells damaging their DNA and stopping some of their functions until they can no longer survive and eventually die. Once the bacteria dies the infection will clear.

Who is metronidazole suitable for?

This medication is suitable for most adults and children who have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection that responds well to this type of antibiotic, your doctor may want to take a sample of the infection to ensure that metronidazole is the right treatment.

Who is metronidazole not suitable for?

In some circumstances, metronidazole may not be the most suitable treatment due to certain health conditions or other medications that you may be taking which could interact with metronidazole. You must not take metronidazole if you are allergic to any ingredients in this medicine including metronidazole and nitroimidazoles. This medicine must also not be taken in the first three months of pregnancy.

Speak to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any of the following conditions, it may mean that you’re unsuitable for this type of treatment. These conditions include:

  • Kidney disease, or on dialysis treatment
  • Liver disease
  • Epilepsy or if you’ve ever had fits/seizures
  • Porphyria
  • Any blood disorder
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Any sexually transmitted disease
  • Cockayne syndrome - your doctor may need to monitor your liver function while taking metronidazole

Can you take other medicines with metronidazole tablets?

If you’re taking any other medicines you should tell your doctor or pharmacist before being prescribed metronidazole antibiotic as certain medications can affect how this antibiotic works, and vice versa. The following medicines, in particular, may affect how metronidazole works so do inform your doctor first, these include:

  • Blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin
  • Lithium to treat depression
  • Medicines to treat epilepsy
  • Disulfiram used in the treatment of alcohol addiction
  • Ciclosporin
  • Fluorouracil
  • Busulfan
  • Cimetidine
  • Oestrogen contraceptives

Can you take metronidazole in pregnancy?

It’s important that infections are treated during pregnancy, however, this particular medicine is not recommended for use during the first three months of pregnancy. You should also speak to your doctor about the safety of taking metronidazole for the remainder of the pregnancy (months 4-9). Your doctor will weigh up the risks and benefits to you and your unborn baby to decide whether this is the best course of treatment. If you’re using metronidazole in the form of creams or gels be careful not to apply it on the breasts if you’re breastfeeding to ensure this isn’t passed onto the baby.

How to take metronidazole for BV

For the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, the usual dose of metronidazole antibiotic is 400-500mg twice a day with eight hours in between for seven days, or as a 2g single dose. It’s important to finish the entire course even if you feel your symptoms have reduced to ensure the infection has fully cleared. For bacterial vaginosis, you may also be given this medicine in the form of a gel that is inserted in the vagina. Your doctor or pharmacist will give you instructions on how much to take and when to take this medicine depending on the infection it is prescribed to treat.

While taking metronidazole, try to refrain from drinking alcohol for the entire course and for two days afterward. Alcohol can interact with metronidazole and cause nausea, vomiting, and an increased pulse rate.

Side effects of metronidazole tablets

Like all medicines metronidazole does have some side effects, however, not everyone who takes this medicine will experience them. It’s common to experience nausea and potentially vomiting or diarrhoea when taking this medicine, more serious and rare side effects may include:

  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes which may be a sign of liver or gallbladder problems
  • Infections such as mouth ulcers, bleeding gums
  • Stomach pains going through to your back
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Fever, stiff neck, headache, hallucinations

If you have any of the above side effects you should stop taking the medicine and seek medical help right away. You’ll also need urgent medical attention if you are showing signs of an allergic reaction which include an itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, a fever, or difficulty breathing.

How to buy metronidazole online

Metronidazole is a prescription medication and you can obtain a certified prescription from the GMC registered doctors at iMeds UK. Simply fill out our medical consultation and once your order has been approved by one of our doctors it will be dispensed in our UK-based pharmacy and sent to you with secure and tracked delivery.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage instructions
Take ONE tablet twice daily for 5–7 days.