Compare Metrogel vs. Vancocin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Metrogel (metronidazole)

Prescription only

Vancocin (vancomycin)

Prescription only
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.

Treats bacterial infections.

Vancocin (vancomycin) is effective in treating C. difficile-associated diarrhea or Staph infection of the small intestine and colon.

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.
  • Vancocin (vancomycin) is the first choice medicine to treat C. difficile-associated diarrhea.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available as both a capsule and a liquid.
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.
  • Vancocin (vancomycin) is only given by mouth to treat C. difficile-associated diarrhea or Staph infection of the small intestine and colon. It is not effective for other types of infections.
  • Vancocin (vancomycin) must be taken 3 to 4 times a day.
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Used for
  • Clostridium difficile diarrhea
  • Staphylococcal infection of small intestine and colon
Dosage forms
  • Cream, Gel, or Ointment
  • Vaginal Cream, Gel, or Ointment
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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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13possible side effects
  • Nausea
    17%
  • Abdominal pain
    15%
  • Low potassium levels
    13%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Fever
    9%
  • Gas
    8%
  • Urinary tract infection
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Swelling
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Kidney problems
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Nerve damage
    • Existing nerve problems
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Eye irritation
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  • Oral use only
  • Kidney problems
    • Age 65 and older
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
  • New infection
  • Hearing loss
    • Underlying hearing loss
    • Taking high doses of Vancocin (vancomycin) intravenously
    • Using another medicine that causes hearing loss
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