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Vandazole Uses

Vandazole may be prescribed to nonpregnant women who have a certain condition called bacterial vaginosis. This drug works by killing certain types of bacteria in the vagina, helping to restore a normal and healthy balance of bacteria. The use of Vandazole is restricted to women age 18 and older. In some cases, a healthcare provider may prescribe Vandazole off-label to treat bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women.

What Is Vandazole Used For?

Vandazole® (metronidazole vaginal gel) is a prescription medication licensed to treat bacterial vaginosis in women who are not pregnant. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition in women that occurs when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. Typical bacterial vaginosis symptoms might include:
  • A peculiar fishy odor
  • Pain
  • A thin "milky" discharge
  • Burning.
The odor may become more noticeable after intercourse. Redness and itching of the vagina are not common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, but they can occur in some cases.
It is important to note that many women with this condition have no symptoms at all, and BV is only discovered during a routine gynecologic exam. It is especially important to treat bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women, as the condition can increase the risk of preterm delivery and low-birth-weight babies. Although Vandazole is officially approved only for use in women who are not pregnant, it is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy (see Vandazole and Pregnancy for more information).
A healthcare provider must examine the vagina for signs of bacterial vaginosis. There is also a test to find out if you have BV (your healthcare provider will take a sample of fluid from your vagina to have it tested). He or she may also be able to see signs of BV, such as a grayish-white discharge, during an examination of the vagina.
Bacterial vaginosis treatment usually consists of a course of antibiotics, such as Vandazole. While the condition does clear up on its own in some cases, all women with symptoms should receive treatment for bacterial vaginosis to avoid future complications.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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