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What is Zidoval Gel?

Zidoval is an antibiotic gel primarily used to treat bacterial vaginosis infection. Its active ingredient is Metronidazole.

Understanding Bacterial Vaginosis: A condition treated by Zidoval.

What is BV? 

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection resulting in a greyish-white and watery vaginal discharge. Interestingly, 50% of women might not experience symptoms, making it challenging to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

Causes and Risks

While BV isn't classified as an STI, it can be triggered by sexual intercourse, especially with multiple partners or a new partner. Other potential causes include having an STI or using perfumed soaps in the genital area. However, even women who aren't sexually active can get BV.

Treating BV

While the exact cause of BV is unknown, you may be at a higher risk of BV if you:

  • use perfumed soaps to wash the genital area
  • use antiseptic bath additives
  • have a contraceptive IUD (intra-uterine device)
  • change your sexual partner
  • are sexually active

Bacterial vaginosis is not a serious condition, but you should still seek treatment. If left unchecked, BV can cause complications in pregnancy and increase your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

How does Zidoval work for Bacterial Vaginosis?

Zidoval contains Metronidazole, an antibiotic that combats anaerobic bacteria responsible for BV. It works by altering the bacteria's DNA, preventing them from reproducing, thereby halting the infection's spread.

How long does Zidoval Gel take to work?

Zidoval gel takes up to to 5 days to work for bacterial vaginosis infection.

If your symptoms do not improve after completing the 5 days treatment course, speak to your doctor.


How do I use Zidoval Gel?

Zidoval gel comes with disposable applicators, which are used to insert the gel into your vagina. The gel is usually used once a day for 5 days. You should apply the gel at bedtime.

It is important to use Zidoval gel at the same time each day. If you have difficulty remembering when to take medicines, set a reminder on your phone or smart speaker. You can also store your medicine in a place which will remind you when to take it.

Before you use Zidoval gel, it is important to wash your hands with soap and water.

You should use a new applicator for every dose of Zidoval gel. Do not reuse the applicators.

Using Zidoval Gel: Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open the tube by unscrewing the cap. Use the pointed end of the cap to pierce the end of the tube.
  2. Take one of the applicators and screw it onto the end of the tube.
  3. Squeeze the tube gently to fill the applicator with Zidoval. As the applicator fills up, the plunger will move. Once the plunger reaches 5g (the recommended dose), it will stop moving. At this point, the plunger is filled.
  4. Carefully remove the applicator from the end of the Zidoval tube and replace the cap of the tube.
  5. Holding the filled applicator by the barrel, gently insert it into your vagina as far as is comfortable. This may be easier to do on your back with your knees bent.
  6. Slowly depress the plunger to release the gel into your vagina. Keep pressing down the plunger until it stops to ensure all the gel has been applied.
  7. Remove the applicator from your vagina and discard the used applicator in a bin.

After applying Zidoval gel, wash your hands with soap and water.

You should repeat these steps for 5 consecutive days. If you do not feel better after completing the 5 days course, speak to your doctor.

What should I do if I forget to use Zidoval gel when I should?

If you forget to use Zidoval gel when you should, skip the missed dose and apply it at your next bedtime.

Do not use more Zidoval gel to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I accidentally apply more Zidoval gel than I should?

If you accidentally use more Zidoval gel than you should, seek advice from your doctor or a pharmacist.

Do not use more Zidoval gel than you should. Using more Zidoval gel will not clear your infection faster but may increase your risk of side effects.


Zidoval Cautions: What You Need to Know

Zidoval may not be suitable for everyone, and there are certain precautions and warnings to be aware of. Below are some essential considerations to keep in mind:

  • Age Restrictions: Zidoval should not be used by individuals under 18 years old or the elderly, as safety has not been established for these age groups.
  • Medication Interactions: Inform your doctor of all medicines you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, as they may interact with Zidoval.
  • Contraindications: Do not use Zidoval gel during your monthly period or if you are taking certain medications, such as anticoagulants (warfarin), lithium (for mental illness), cyclosporin (for autoimmune diseases and rheumatoid arthritis), or 5-fluorouracil (for skin problems and cancer).
  • Application Guidelines: Follow the provided instructions for applying Zidoval gel, including using a new applicator for each dose and washing hands before and after use.

Before you use Zidoval Gel, read the enclosed patient information leaflet. You should keep this leaflet throughout your course of treatment in case you need to refer to it again.


Zidoval Side effects?

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. It is important to remain aware of any side effects caused by Zidoval gel.

Common side effects of Zidoval may include:

  • Being sick
  • Decreased appetite
  • Discomfort around your pelvis
  • Dry skin
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Itching of the skin (pruritus)
  • Redness of the skin (erythema)
  • Skin discomfort (burning, pain of skin/stinging)
  • Skin irritation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Unusual feeling on your tongue
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal thrush (candidiasis)

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Zidoval gel, including a complete list of side effects, can be found inside the leaflet which comes with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, inform your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

Are There Any Known Zindoval Allergies?

Do not take Zidoval if you are allergic to metronidazole or any similar nitroimidazole antibacterial medications, parabens (a preservative agent), or any of the other ingredients listed in the leaflet.

Zidoval gel contains the following ingredients which may cause allergic reactions:

  • Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)
  • Propyl parahydroxybenzoate
  • Propylene glycol (E1520)

If you experience the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop using Zidoval gel and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest A&E department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so doctors know exactly what and how much of the medicine you have used.

Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Zidoval during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, plan on having a baby or are breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before using Zidoval gel. For further information, consult the NHS guidelines on using metronidazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Other safety information

Always speak to your doctor before you buy Zidoval gel online from Prescription Doctor.

Please inform our prescriber of all medicines you are currently taking, including those bought over the counter and health or herbal supplements.

Do not have sexual intercourse while treating bacterial vaginosis.

Do not use Zidoval gel past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it safely for you.

Always store Zidoval gel out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition as you.


Where can I buy Zidoval Gel online?

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Zidoval Gel

How can I stop using Zidoval gel?

Do not stop using Zidoval gel without first consulting your doctor. It is important to always complete a course of antibiotics in order to completely clear the infection.

Will Zidoval gel affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Zidoval is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. You should understand how this medicine affects you first before engaging in such activities.

Can I drink alcohol while using Zidoval gel?

Do not drink alcohol while using Zidoval gel.

Drinking alcohol while using Zidoval gel can cause nausea, sickness, headache and abnormal heartbeat.

Will Zidoval gel interfere with my contraception?

While metronidazole does not interfere with hormonal contraception, such as the combined contraceptive pill or emergency pill (morning-after pill), it can cause vomiting or diarrhoea.

If you experience vomiting or diarrhoea for more than 24 hours, read the instructions in the leaflet for your contraceptive pill. Vomiting and severe diarrhoea can affect the protection provided by your contraceptive pill.

Can Zidoval gel impact my fertility?

It is unlikely that Zidoval gel will affect your fertility. If you have any concerns about how Zidoval gel or bacterial vaginosis may affect your fertility, speak to your doctor.

Does Zidoval cause thrush?

Zidoval gel may cause thrush symptoms to become more noticeable.

Can Zidoval treat thrush?

Zidoval gel does not treat thrush. If you notice the symptoms of thrush while using Zidoval gel, inform your doctor. You will need a separate treatment for the thrush infection.

Can I purchase Zidoval gel online?

Yes, purchase Zidoval gel online through Prescription Doctor. Complete an online medical questionnaire for review; if approved, the gel can be dispatched the same day.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Zidoval gel?

If you miss a dose of Zidoval gel, skip the missed dose and continue your regular schedule. Don't apply extra gel to make up for the missed dose.

Can I use Zidoval gel during my period?

It is advised not to use Zidoval gel during your period. Consult your healthcare provider for specific instructions related to your situation.

Is Zidoval gel safe for everyone?

Zidoval gel may not suit everyone, including those under 18 or the elderly. Consult with a healthcare provider to determine if it's safe for you.

How should I store Zidoval gel?

Store Zidoval gel at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Keep it out of children and pets' reach and follow the provided storage instructions.


Sources

Mylan, 2018. Zidoval 7.5mg/g Vaginal Gel: Summary of Product Characteristics

Mylan, 2018. Zidoval 7.5mg/g Vaginal Gel: Patient Information Leaflet

NHS, 2018. Metronidazole

Authored & Reviewed By

Adil Bhaloda

Adil Bhaloda

Pharmacist
Adil provides governance for the online services, overseeing prescription dispensation in line with UK pharmacy standards.

Published on: 02/11/2020 Reviewed on: 26/10/2023

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Zidoval
  • Manufacturer: Mylan
  • Active Ingredient(s): Metronidazole
  • Administration: Intravaginal
  • Presentation: Gel
  • Available Strength: 7.5mg/g
  • Exemption: Prescription Only
  • Dosage: Apply the gel once a day at bedtime for 5 consecutive days
  • Description: Zidoval gel is an antibiotic gel which is used to treat bacterial vaginosis
  • Drug Class: Antibiotic
  • Alcohol Consumption: Do not drink alcohol while using Zidoval
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before using Zidoval if you are pregnant or plan on having a baby
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before using Zidoval if you are breastfeeding
  • Price: 22.99 GBP
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