What is the most common prescription treatment for bacterial vaginosis?
23 Nov 2011

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Most often the prescribed treatment for bacterial vaginosis consists of antibiotics. The following are routinely used. Metronidazole (Flagyl) taken orally (pill form) or vaginallly metronidazole gel (Metrogel). Other options include vaginal clindamycin cream (Cleocin). Metronidazole taken orally can cause some unpleasant side effects, however believed to be the most effective prescription treatment. The gels cause lessor side effects, however yeast infections after using this medication.

Tinidazole (Tindamax) is another antibiotic that has fewer less sever side effects than metronidazole and is effective in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.

Recurrence has been a problem even after successful treatment. About 50% of women treated have recurrent symptoms within the first year. Usually a second round of antibiotics is administered starting another viscous circle of recurrence.

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