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Metronidazole (Generic Flagyl)
Metronidazole is an antibiotic that doctors prescribe to patients to treat skin and mouth infections. These cases may include infections in the gums, abscesses, and even rosacea.
In some cases, metronidazole will also be used to treat bacterial vaginosis and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Other uses of metronidazole involve the infection of sores, wounds, and insect bites. The antibiotic helps to treat and prevent the condition, halting bacteria from multiplying.
For patients to receive metronidazole, they must be prescribed it by their doctor, and you may receive it in multiple forms. Patients may receive metronidazole as a pill, gel, cream, or liquid for either oral or suppository use. Severe cases will require the antibiotic to be administered by injection, which will happen at a hospital.
When Is Metronidazole Used?
Like all antibiotics, metronidazole is used to treat and prevent infections. Commonly the antibiotic is used for treating a disease called bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition caused by an overgrowth of bacteria.
It is also often used to treat stomach, liver, brain, skin, lungs, heart, blood, mouth, and more infections. Your doctor will prescribe this if you have been diagnosed with an eligible infection.
Metronidazole is also often used to treat certain sexually transmitted diseases, in which both partners must be prescribed the antibiotic. The partner is given the antibiotic even if there are no symptoms to prevent the infection from spreading.
How Does Metronidazole Work?
When taken correctly, the metronidazole will help prevent bacteria from multiplying further. It does this by diffusing into the body and interacting with the bacteria. Once the antibiotic has diffused, it breaks down the DNA and kills susceptible organisms, making it harder for harmful bacteria to reproduce.
If the antibiotic is no longer being taken before the bacteria is gone, the infection will return as the harmful bacteria continue to spread and multiply.
If the metronidazole isn’t sufficient through oral consumption, it may need to be injected for more significant and potent effects.
What Are the Side Effects of Metronidazole?
The side effects you experience while taking metronidazole may vary depending on the form of treatment. Cream or gel may carry no side effects, while consumption through pills, liquids, or suppositories may show.
Here are some of the common side effects you can expect while taking metronidazole:
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Upset stomach
While these are only mild side effects in most cases, note that if your symptoms are lingering or you are experiencing severe symptoms – you should seek immediate medical assistance.
You may also experience side effects that aren’t listed, so you should contact your doctor for further advice.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metronidazole
How Do You Use Metronidazole?
Metronidazole can be used in several ways. If you have been prescribed the antibiotic in cream or gel, apply it to the infected area as instructed.
If given as a liquid or pill, you must follow the instructions of your doctor to be sure you don’t over or underdose.
If your infection requires you to take your treatment vaginally or through a suppository, your doctor may have further information on how to use the treatment properly.
What Should You Avoid When Using Metronidazole?
Taking metronidazole can cause complications when taken with other medicines. You should tell your doctor if you are currently or planning to take any of the following:
You should also steer clear of taking this drug if you are pregnant, have liver complications, or cannot stop drinking alcohol.
Avoid stopping your treatment early. Even if the symptoms have cleared up, you should be sure to take the full course of antibiotics. Early treatment stops can allow harmful bacteria to multiply again, and the infection will return. Future antibiotics may be less effective.
Can You Get Metronidazole Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, you cannot purchase metronidazole from a retail pharmacy. This drug requires a prescription for use and purchase.
Can You Get a Metronidazole Prescription Online From DrHouse?
Yes, the physicians at DrHouse can prescribe Metronidazole if they determine it’s necessary after a thorough evaluation of your medical condition. During a virtual consultation, they will assess your symptoms, medical history, and any other relevant factors to ensure that Metronidazole is the appropriate medication for your situation.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.