Compare Metrogel vs. Claris

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Treats vaginal infections and acne rosacea.

Metrogel (metronidazole) is effective for bacterial infections or skin conditions, but you may need to avoid alcohol while using this.

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Upsides
  • Works well for acne rosacea and most types of vaginal infections. It has fewer side-effects than oral tablets.
  • It is available as a generic product.
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Downsides
  • May cause skin irritation.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Metrogel (metronidazole) can cause intense flushing of skin and nausea. It is less likely with the gel and cream formulations than oral tablets, but be aware.
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Used for
  • Acne vulgaris Bacterial infection of eye
  • Superficial infections including conjunctivitis Bacterial infection of skin Seborrhea
  • Including seborrheic dermatitis and seborrhea sicca Trachoma; Adjunct
  • Bacterial keratitis
Dosage forms
  • Cream, Gel, or Ointment
  • Vaginal Cream, Gel, or Ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cleansing pads
  • Liquid wash
Price
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Vaginal discharge
    12%
  • Yeast infection
    10%
  • Genital irritation
    9%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    7%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    4%
  • Pelvic discomfort
    3%
  • Unusual taste
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Change in white blood cells
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Nerve damage
    • Existing nerve problems
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Eye irritation
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