Metronidazole is an antibiotic that can quickly and effectively treat bacterial vaginosis. The medication attacks bacterial infections created by single-cell organisms and is, therefore, an effective means for women who experience bacterial vaginosis. The infection is not dangerous, but it can cause discomfort and bad smells that can be very annoying. Therefore, it is important to treat it so that your body can return to its balance again.
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How does it work?
Bacterial growth in the vagina may occur when the PH balance is disturbed. This can lead to a better environment for the bacteria and therefore a large growth can occur. Metronidazole contains the active substance of metronidazole, which acts by inhibiting enzyme synthesis in micro-organisms. This means that bacteria cannot develop and thus do not spread. The bacteria cannot survive and therefore, disappears and then the body can regain its natural balance.
Vi har bakterier överallt i vårt system. Det är bara när bakterierna växer ohämmat, eller när det kommer främmande bakterier i vårt system som det uppstår problem.
We have bacteria everywhere in our system. It’s only when the bacteria overgrow, or when foreign bacteria comes into our system that causes problems.
How should I use it?
The treatment consists of Metronidazole tablets and is therefore easy to take. Depending on your treatment, there are different doses. For inflammation of the vagina: 400-500 mg 3 times a day for 7 days or 2 g during treatment 1 to 3 days.
Always follow the instructions on the package leaflet. If your doctor has given you other instructions, always follow the doctor’s instructions.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment for bacterial vaginosis usually takes 7 days. This means you either take your medicine every day for a week or twice a week depending on your doctor’s orders. After which the bacteria will be destroyed and the infection is gone. If you still experience any symptoms, consult your doctor again.
Can I use Metrodinazole?
The treatment is suitable for women who experience BV. Pregnant women can also use the treatment if needed. However, do not use it in case you are breastfeeding.
In addition, there are a number of other medicines that should not be taken at the same time as Metronidazole. This applies, among other things, to epilepsy medicine. Therefore, always tell your doctor all the medicines you are currently on. You also need caution if you suffer from the rare disease of Cockayne syndrome. If you have a worsen kidney or liver function, you may need a lower dose. Therefore, tell your doctor about these challenges, so you can get the right dosage.
Metronidazole side effects
Although most have trouble-free treatment, there maybe side effects like any other antibiotics. The most common side effects of metronidazole are:
- stomach ache
- muscle pain
- inflammation of the mucous membranes
These side effects can affect up to 10 in 100 people. Most will, therefore, go without any side effects.
Uncommon side effects that can affect 1 in 100 people are:
- joint pain
- allergic reactions
- visual disturbances
- metallic taste in the mouth
Very rarely, there are more serious side effects, such as nerve inflammation and liver disease. Therefore, always read the package leaflet before you start and consult your doctor if you experience severe side effects.
Metronidazole and alcohol?
If you are taking metronidazole, do not drink alcohol. The combination may cause unpleasant symptoms. These may include:
- strong headache
- general feeling of sickness
Therefore, alcohol should not be consumed during treatment and up to 3 days after the end of treatment. A treatment usually lasts 7 days, so you should stay away from alcohol for at least 10 days from the start of the treatment.
Can I buy it without a prescription in the UK?
The treatment is prescription medication and you must go through a doctor to buy the product. If you have any symptoms of bacterial vaginosis or pelvic inflammation, contact your doctor or visit an authorized online clinic.
Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are often very characteristic due to the fragrant smell. Therefore, the doctor can often evaluate you from your explanation if it is bacterial vaginosis or not. In some cases, a test may be necessary. If your doctor believes you are suffering from your condition, you will receive a prescription. Then you can pick up your medicine from the pharmacy. If you have a consultation through an online clinic, you will receive your treatment by mail.
If you have symptoms that have occurred after intercourse with a new partner, it may also be a good idea to control all sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and problematic gonorrhoea.