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  • Generic Name: (metronidazole)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 03/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Vandazole is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the vagina in non-pregnant women.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Vandazole works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Vandazole has been shown to be effective against many different types of bacteria.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Vandazole exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: fungal infection, headache, itching, stomach area pain, nausea, painful menstruation, sore throat, rash, infection, diarrhea, breast pain, irregular bleeding from your uterus.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Damage to the nerves in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, with symptoms such as pain, burning, tingling, numbness, or weakness in any of these areas of your body.

      Aseptic meningitis (a brain or spinal cord inflammation), with symptoms such as headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, rash, unusual sensitivity to light, muscle pains, chills, confusion, or drowsiness.

      Vandazole may cause seizures and has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory mice and rats. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions about using Vandazole.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Vandazole if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use Vandazole if you are currently taking disulfiram or have taken disulfiram within the last two weeks.

      Do not use Vandazole with alcohol or alcohol-containing products during your treatment and for at least 3 days after completing your treatment with Vandazole.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vandazole. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver, kidney, or blood problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adult women: The recommended dose is one applicator-full applied in your vagina once a day, at bedtime for 5 days.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Vandazole exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Vandazole without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your Vandazole.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not have vaginal intercourse or use other vaginal products (such as tampons or douches) while using Vandazole.

      Do not drink alcohol or consume any alcohol-containing products while using Vandazole and for at least 3 days after stopping treatment with Vandazole.

      Do not use Vandazole in your eyes, mouth, or skin.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Vandazole is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Vandazole with the following: alcohol, blood thinners (such as warfarin), cimetidine, disulfiram, or lithium.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Vandazole during pregnancy are unknown. Vandazole may be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are using Vandazole. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Vandazole, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from extreme heat, cold, or freezing.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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