Zidoval 0.75% Gel (40g)
Zidoval Vaginal Gel contains an active ingredient, metronidazole. Metronidazoleis an antibacterial agent. Zidoval is used to treat infection of the vagina (bacterial vaginosis) caused by certain bacteria.
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What is Zidoval 0.75% Gel?
Zidoval 0.75% gel contains Metronidazole, which is a antibacterial that works by killing many kinds of bacteria that cause infections.
Zidoval gel is an effective treatment for certain infections of the vagina (called bacterial vaginosis or BV for short) in adults. BV is a mild bacterial infection of the vagina, characterised by grey-white discharge with a fishy smell.
Zidoval gel is applied inside the vagina where it destroys the bacteria at the site of the infection.
It is important that bacterial vaginosis is treated and cleared completely otherwise the infection can come back. You must take the full course of this medicine as prescribed by your doctor to prevent this from happening.
Zidoval gel can help to clear up BV infections usually within 7 days.
How do you use it?
Before you apply Zidoval 0.75% gel
Good hygiene whilst using Zidoval gel is very important.
Always wash your hands before opening the tube or touching the applicators.
Use a fresh applicator for each dose and immediately throw away each used applicator in the waste bin.
• The dose of Zidoval gel is one 5 g application inserted into the vagina once daily, at bedtime, for five consecutive days.
Use in the elderly
This medicine is not recommended for use by the elderly
Fill the applicator all the way to the top with Zidoval 0.75% Gel, then insert it as far into the vagina as is comfortable. Gently press the plunger on the applicator to release the medication into the vagina. You need to use the Zidoval Gel every evening before bed because the treatment works overnight. This is the best time so the gel stays in your vagina. If you get up and walk around you may lose some of the Zidoval Gel.
Zidoval vaginal gel and Alcohol
You should strictly avoid alcohol while you are using Zidoval Gel. Drinking alcohol while using Zidoval Gel can cause in severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. You can drink alcohol 3 days after you have finished the treatment course.
When can you have sex after using Zidoval vaginal gel?
You should avoid sexual intercourse during treatment. You can resume sexual activity 3 days after you have completed the course.
Can you use Zidoval Gel on your period?
If you are on your period, you cannot use Zidoval Gel. You can opt for Metronidazole 400mg oral tablets instead.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common cause of unusual vaginal discharge. BV isn’t a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can increase your risk of getting an STI such as chlamydia.
Check if you have bacterial vaginosis
The most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is unusual vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell, particularly after sex.
You may notice a change to the colour and consistency of your discharge, such as becoming greyish-white and thin and watery.
But 50% of women with bacterial vaginosis don’t have any symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis doesn’t usually cause any soreness or itching.
If you’re unsure it’s BV, check for other causes of unusual vaginal discharge.
See a GP or go to a sexual health clinic if you think you have BV
The condition isn’t usually serious, but you’ll need to be treated with antibiotics if you do have BV.
It’s also important to seek treatment if you’re pregnant as there’s a small chance that BV can cause complications with pregnancy.
Treatment for bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with antibiotic tablets or gels or creams.
Recurring bacterial vaginosis
It’s common for BV to come back, usually within 3 months.
You’ll need to take treatment for longer (up to 6 months) if you keep getting BV (you get it more than twice in 6 months).
To help relieve symptoms and prevent bacterial vaginosis returning:
use water and plain soap to wash your genital area
have showers instead of baths
do not use perfumed soaps, bubble bath, shampoo or shower gel in the bath
do not use vaginal deodorants, washes or douches
do not put antiseptic liquids in the bath
do not use strong detergents to wash your underwear
do not smoke
What causes bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a change in the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina.
What causes this to happen isn’t fully known, but you’re more likely to get it if:
you’re sexually active (but women who haven’t had sex can also get BV)
you have had a change of partner
you have an IUD (contraception device)
you use perfumed products in or around your vagina
BV isn’t an STI, even though it can be triggered by sex.
You’re more likely to get an STI if you have BV. This may be because BV makes your vagina less acidic and reduces your natural defences against infection.
If you notice any side effects, they get worse,or if you notice any not listed, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.What are the main side effects of Zidoval Gel?
Like any medicines, Zidoval Gel can cause side effects. These side effects are usually only mild to moderate and only last a short duration.
The most common side effects of Zidoval Gel are:
– Headache and dizziness
– Stomach cramps
– Feeling sick or being sick
For less frequent side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
For the patient information leaflet