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What is Metronidazole?

15th July 2020

Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections. It’s only available on prescription so you’ll need to visit your GP or use an online prescription service like UK Meds.

What is Metronidazole used for?

Metronidazole is used to treat a number of infections including skin infections, mouth infections (like dental abscesses) and rosacea. It’s also commonly used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

The important thing to note is that Metronidazole can only be used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics can not (and should not) be taken to try and treat a viral infection, as they are ineffective. Not only that, but taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can lead them to them being ineffective in the future due to antibiotic resistance.

How to take Metronidazole

Metronidazole is available in a number of forms including a tablet, gel, cream, liquid or a suppository that you push gently into your anus. Metronidazole can also be given by injection, but this is usually only done in hospitals.

Like with all antibiotics, if you are prescribed a course of Metronidazole, it’s important that you take it as prescribed until the course is complete. Symptoms will likely clear up in a few days, but the infection may not have fully cleared yet so you should continue with the medicine until it’s finished.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Metronidazole, or for 2 days after the course has been completed. Alcohol can cause (or worsen) side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or hot flushes.

You can also experience side effects without alcohol, but not everyone will have these. The most common side effects of Metronidazole are nausea, diarrhoea and headaches. A lot of people also complain of a metallic taste in the mouth after taking the tablet or liquid form.

Can I order Metronidazole online?

Metronidazole is a prescription-only medicine so you can’t buy it over-the-counter. However, you can buy it online using a prescription service like UK Meds. Simply fill out an online consultation with details of your symptoms, and then this will be checked over by a prescriber. If approved, you’ll be able to select your chosen delivery method and have your medication the very next day.