Zidoval Vaginal Gel
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Zidoval Vaginal Gel
Zidoval vaginal gel is a gel that contains 7.5mg/g of metronidazole, an antibiotic that is used to treat Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) infections.
Zidoval is applied inside the vagina, once daily at night for 5 days, Zidoval gel comes with 5 applicators that are used for delivering the medication into your vagina. This medication can be purchased online from Cloud Pharmacy following the completeion of an online consuitation that is reviewed by a prescriber. Once approved your medication is sent out to you in discreet packaging.
Please note, it is important that you complete the entire course of Zidoval, otherwise you risk the infection recurring.
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Buy Zidoval Gel for BV
Zidoval is a prescipton only medicine (PoM) that comes in gel form. It contains the antibiotic metronidazole and it is used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV)-also known as gardnerella vaginalis. Zidoval vaginal gel contains an applicator which makes it convenient to apply. It is to be applied every evening for five days in order to quickly erradicate the symptoms associated with BV, without the side effects that are sometimes associated with metronidazole tablets.
You can buy Zidoval gel online from Cloud Pharmacy to help treat BV after completing our free online consultation. Your consultation will be reviewed by a UK registered prescriber- once approved it will be processed in our pharmacy and will be sent out to you in discreet packaging.
Zidoval (Metronidazole) BV Gel
Zidoval gel is an antibacterial medicine (antibiotic) that is used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV); it works by killing the bacteria in your vagina that is responsible for the infection. The gel contains metronidazole, this is the active ingredient. It is applied directly into your vagina using the applicators that come with the medication once daily, before bed, for 5 days.
This gel is prescription only and cannot be bought over the counter. It is advised and recommended that patients take the full course for the 5 days otherwise there is an increased chance that he infection will come back
What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
BV, also known was gardnerella Vaginalis. is one of the most common infections associated with a change in the natural flora (bacteria) inside the vagina. BV is also a common cause of unusual vaginal discharge; it is NOT a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can indeed increase your risk of getting an STI such as chlamydia.
The most common symptom of BV is an unusual vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell, particulary after sex. You might notice a change in the colour and consistency of your discharge, such as it becoming greyish/white as well as thin and watery. 50% of women with bacterial vaginosis do not have any symptoms at all. BV does not usually cause itching or soreness.
BV most commonly affects women between the ages of 19-60. Most often, BV is confused with thrush, however the main difference is that thrush does not often have a scent and the discharge is most commonly, thick, white and creamy; please note you can have thrush and BV at the same time.
The most commonly prescribed treatment for BV is a week long course of of oral antibiotics, (Metronidazole 400mg tablets) or an antibiotic gel or cream such as Zidoval gel. Zidoval is applied inside the vagina. There are currently no over the counter medicines or homepathic remedies that can cure BV.
How Does Zidoval BV Gel Work
The main ingredient in Zidoval gel is Metronidazole- which is an antibiotic that can be used to treat a variety of infections, it does not excusively treat BV infection. Metronidazole works it's way into bacterial cells, interacting with the DNA inside these bacterial cells and therefore stopping it from replicating multiple times over; by interacting with the DNA in this manner it can cause cell death and therefore getting rid of the bacteria which causes the problem. This anitbiotic is primarily used to kill "anaerobic bacteria" (bacteria that does not need oxygen to grow).
Metronidazole can only ever be obtained via prescription and it is therefore advised that you be wary of any service that may offer an alternatives without prescriptions whom claim that the item contains metronidazole. These services should be reported to the MHRA or specific regulatory body (GPhC/GMC/GDC). Metronidazole can work against parasitic infections however since it is an antibiotic, it cannot be used to treat viral infections (this is the same for all antibiotics).
For complete and good results, it is important to use metronidazole gel (Zidoval) at the same time everyday for the length of the course (5 days). If you stop before the course is finished, even if your symptoms disappear, the chances of the infection coming back are much higher.
Can I Drink Alcohol With Metronidazole?
Drinking alcohol whilst taking metronidazole or using metronidazole gel can make you feel very sick and dizzy, it can also result in severe vomitting. This reaction is less likely to happen with Zidoval vaginal gel in comparison to metronidazole tablets, however it is still best to avoid alcohol during your course and for up to 48 hours after finishing your course.
Can I Use Zidoval Gel During My Period?
Metronidazole BV gel should be used for the entire course as prescribed by your doctor or independent prescriber regardless of whether you have your period or not. It is however advised that you do not use tampons whilst you are using zidoval and instead to use unscented sanitary pads.
What is Zidoval BV Gel Used For?
Zidoval vaginal gel contains the antibiotic metronidazole. This antibiotic is used to treat bacterial infections, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV). Zidoval contains 7.5mg/g of metronidazole. It is an internal gel, licensed specifically for the treatment of BV
Can I Use Zidoval Gel in Pregnancy?
Zidoval gel should be used with caution if your are pregnant or breastfeeding, it should be prescribed under specialist supervision. If you are pregnant or breasfeeding you cannot purchase Zidoval gel from Cloud Pharmacy.
The safety of Zidoval during pregnancy has not yet been established.
Can Zidoval Gel Cure BV?
Yes, Zidoval can and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of BV and vaginal infections. In clinical studies, there are no significant differences in cure rates of BV when compared to an oral preparation of metronidazole. Zidoval works by restoring the natural pH balance of your vagina.
How Long Does It Take to Cure BV?
The metronidazole gel is prescribed for 5 days and in most cases this is how long it will take to cure your infection. If you do continue to have symptoms after completing your 5 day course then you must speak to your GP for further investigation.
Can I Drink Alcohol and Use Metronidazole Gel?
Metronidazole is known to have a severe reaction when taken with alcohol- it can cause nausea, dizziness, flushing and vomitting. When drinking and using the gel the reaction or interaction is likely to be not as extreme when compared with the metronidazole tablets. There can still however be side-effects so it is advised that you avoid alcohol whilst using Zidoval gel and for 24 hours after.
What Time Should I Use Metronidazole Gel?
It is recommended that you use metronidazole gel at bedtime; this gives the gel time to work whilst you are lying down and the movement is minimal. By using the gel at night time, it also allows for the consistency with regards to timing.
Can I Use Tampons Whilst Taking Zidoval Gel?
No- you should NOT use tampons whilst using zidoval gel. If you are on yur period and your doctor has recommended you use metronidazole gel. Instead of a tampon, you should instead use unscented sanitary pads and abosrbant underwear.
Zidoval Gel Side Effects
All medicines run the risk of causing side effects, but they won’t necessarily affect everybody in the same way. Some of the most common side effects associated with Zidoval vaginal gel include:
- Stomach Cramps
- Vaginal Thrush
- Vaginal Discharge
- Pelvinc Discomfort
- Loss of Appetite
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Unusual feeling on your tongue
These side effects may affect around 1 in 10 people. Less common side effects, which may affect around 1 in 100 people, include:
- Feeling Irritable
- Dry Mouth (Xerastomia)
- Itchy Skin
- Muscle Cramps
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Feeling Bloated
- Darkened Urine
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Swelling of your vulva
Zidoval 7.5mg/g Vaginal Gel Patient Information Leaflet (PIL)
For more information about Zidoval Gel, please take a look at the information leaflet below. It is important you read the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) before using Zidoval Gel:
Zidoval Gel Allergies
Zidoval gel will not be suitable for you if you are allergic to:
- Nitromidazole antibacterials
- Metronidazole or any of the other ingredients
Zidoval Gel Warnings
You should also speak to a medical professional before using Zidoval gel if:
- You are having or are on your period
- You are taking a blood test
- You have had blood problems
- You think you might have vaginal thrush
With any vaginal infection, it is best to avoid sexual intercourse or sexual activity until the infection clears up completely and whilst you are using Zidoval gel.
Zidoval Gel Drug Interactions
If you are taking, or have recently taken any of the following medicines, Zidoval gel may intensify or alter their effect. You should consult a pharmacist before use:
- Medicine for the treatment of cancer
You should avoid drinking alcohol whilst using Zidoval gel, as the combination can lead to nausea, confusion, headaches or heart palpitaions. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Cloud Pharmacy cannot provide you with this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Zidoval gel contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate, as well as propylene glycol (E1520); these can sometimes cause skin irritations.
Zidoval Vaginal Gel Ingredients
Every gram of Zidoval gel contains 7.5mg of the active substance metronidazole. Zidoval gel also contains:
- Carbopol 974P
- Disodium edetate
- Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)
- Propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
- Propylene Glycol (E1520)
- Sodium hydroxide (E524)
- Purified water