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Zidoval Gel is a vaginal gel used to treat symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is a common cause of unusual vaginal discharge, and occurs when there is an imbalance in the bacteria within your vagina.
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What is Zidoval Gel?

Zidoval Gel 0.75%, the brand name version of Metronidazole, is a vaginal gel used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV). Zidoval gel can help to clear up BV infections usually within 7 days.


BV is a mild bacterial infection of the vagina, characterised by grey-white discharge with a fishy smell.  Zidoval Gel may also be referred to as Flagyl or Metrogel as these are other brand name versions of this medication.

How does Zidoval Gel work?

The Zidoval Gel is inserted into the vagina to kill the bacteria that causes BV. The bacteria that cause BV are anaerobic bacteria, which do not need oxygen to grow and reproduce.

How do you use it?

You should wash your hands before opening the tube or applicators. Use a new applicator for each dose of Zidoval Gel. You should use Zidoval Gel exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Each night time application contains 5g of Zidoval Gel.


Zidoval Gel (Zidoval Gel) gel is used for 5 consecutive days in a row to treat BV.  Your treatment will come with an applicator and detailed instructions.


Fill the applicator all the way to the top with Zidoval Gel, then insert it as far into the vagina as is comfortable. Gently press the plunger on the applicator to release the medication into the vagina. You need to use the Zidoval Gel every evening before bed because the treatment works overnight. This is the best time so the gel stays in your vagina. If you get up and walk around you may lose some of the Zidoval Gel.


Do not consume alcohol while using this medication.

How effective is Zidoval Gel?

Zidoval Gel is a clinically proven way of treating bacterial vaginosis (BV). However, it is important to note that many women who have been successfully treated for BV are likely to re-develop symptoms within three months.

What are the main side effects of Zidoval Gel?

Like any medicines, Zidoval Gel can cause side effects. These side effects are usually only mild to moderate and only last a short duration.


The most common side effects of Zidoval Gel are:  

  • Headache and dizziness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling sick or being sick

For less frequent side effects, please see the patient information leaflet

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you buy Zidoval Gel online?


You can buy Zidoval Gel online from Instant eCare online pharmacy. Our service is discreet and confidential. All you have to do is complete a brief questionnaire when you place your order. If you are eligible for treatment then you can purchase Zidoval Gel.


Is it safe to buy Zidoval Gel online?


Yes it is safe to buy Zidoval Gel online at Instant eCare. We ensure the treatment is suitable for you before you place your order.


Can I buy Zidoval Gel OTC (over the counter)?


You cannot you buy Zidoval Gel over the counter to treat bacterial vaginosis.  You need a prescription for Zidoval vaginal gel.


Zidoval vaginal gel and Alcohol


You should strictly avoid alcohol while you are using Zidoval Gel. You are only allowed to consume alcohol 3 days after you have finished the treatment course. Drinking alcohol while using Zidoval Gel can cause in severe headaches, nausea and vomiting.


When can you have sex after using Zidoval vaginal gel?


You should avoid sexual intercourse during treatment. You can resume sexual activity 3 days after you have completed the course.


Can you use Zidoval Gel on your period?


If you are on your period, you cannot use Zidoval Gel. You can opt for metronidazole 400mg oral tablets instead.


What happens if you miss a dose of Zidoval Gel?


If you miss a dose of Zidoval Gel, apply it as soon as you remember, then carry on once a day from there.


What should you do after using Zidoval Gel?


Make sure you avoid touching your face or eyes. Wash your hands immediately after inserting the Zidoval Gel into your vagina.


Zidoval vaginal gel and pregnancy


You should avoid using Zidoval Gel during pregnancy unless advised by your GP.


Zidoval Gel and breastfeeding:


Nursing mothers can pump and discard their milk during and for 24 hours after Zidoval Gel therapy. A decision should be made to discontinue breastfeeding or discontinue the drug by you and your doctor.


What are there alternatives to Zidoval Gel vaginal gel for BV?


The following treatments are alternatives you can use for bacterial vaginosis:


Is Zidoval Gel vaginal gel a prescription medication?


Yes. Zidoval Gel is a prescription medication. You cannot buy Zidoval Gel vaginal gel over the counter. At Instant eCare, we provide a free prescription if you are eligible for treatment. That means you don’t need an existing prescription for the treatment.


Can Zidoval Gel be used for thrush?


No. You cannot use Zidoval Gel for yeast infections such as thrush. It will not clear thrush symptoms or infection. You will need thrush treatment such as Fluconazole capsule or vaginal cream.

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Dosage Instructions Apply every night for 5 days.