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  2. Metronidazole
    Generic for Flagyl
    60 tablets $6.3 USD
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  3. Metronidazole
    Generic for Flagyl
    30 tablets $4.2 USD
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  4. Metronidazole
    Generic for MetroCream
    45g tube of creams $24.41 USD
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  5. Metronidazole
    Generic for Rosadan
    45g tube of gels $14.59 USD
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  6. Metronidazole 0.0075 Tube of Vaginal
    Generic for MetroGel-Vaginal
    70g gels $33 USD
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Do you need a prescription for metronidazole?

Yes, metronidazole is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is metronidazole without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase metronidazole, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for metronidazole in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a metronidazole savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your metronidazole with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a metronidazole coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide metronidazole coupons or FREE metronidazole samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for metronidazole in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much metronidazole?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using metronidazole. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much metronidazole. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic metronidazole?

Generic metronidazole refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of metronidazole

Metronidazole is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various bacterial and parasitic infections.

Active ingredient of metronidazole

The active ingredient of metronidazole is metronidazole.

US brand name of metronidazole and manufacturer

Metronidazole is available in the US under various brand names, including Flagyl and MetroGel. The manufacturers may vary depending on the specific formulation and dosage form.

UK brand name of metronidazole and manufacturer

In the UK, metronidazole is available under various brand names, including Flagyl ER and Zidoval. The manufacturers may vary depending on the specific formulation and dosage form.

Prescription requirement for metronidazole

A prescription (Rx) is required for metronidazole in both the US and the UK.

Availability of metronidazole in the UK with NHS prescription

Metronidazole is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by metronidazole

Metronidazole is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial commonly used to treat bacterial infections. It is effective against a wide range of infections, including bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, gastrointestinal, certain types of diarrhea, dental (abscess) infections, and skin infections. It may also be used for the treatment of trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite.

How does metronidazole work?

Metronidazole works by interfering with the DNA synthesis of microorganisms, leading to their death or inhibition of their growth. It is effective against anaerobic bacteria and some protozoal parasites.

Forms of metronidazole available

Metronidazole is available in various forms, including oral metronidazole tablets, capsules, extended-release tablets, vaginal gel, and topical cream or gel.

Dosage of metronidazole

The dosage of metronidazole may vary depending on the specific infection being treated, the patient’s age, and other individual factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions and medical advice provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for use of metronidazole

Metronidazole should be taken or applied as directed by the healthcare provider. The specific instructions may include the timing of administration, dosage adjustments, and any necessary precautions.

Is metronidazole safe to take if I am breastfeeding?

Metronidazole is generally considered compatible with breastfeeding. Only small amounts of the medication pass into breast milk. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using metronidazole while breastfeeding to evaluate any potential risks or concerns.

Is it safe to take metronidazole if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?

Metronidazole is generally not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the potential risks. It may be used during the second and third trimesters if necessary. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before using metronidazole.

Warnings and contraindications for metronidazole

  • Metronidazole may interact with certain medications, such as blood-thinning drugs (e.g., warfarin) and disulfiram. It is important to inform the healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions
  • It is important to complete the full course of treatment prescribed by the healthcare provider, even if the symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully treated
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney or liver disease, a stomach or intestinal disease such as Crohn’s disease, or a central nervous system disorder
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking oral metronidazole

Possible side effects of metronidazole

Common side effects of metronidazole may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headache, peripheral neuropathy and metallic taste in the mouth. If these adverse effects are severe or persistent, it is important to contact a healthcare provider.

Get emergency help if you have a life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms may include hives, itching, fever, dry mouth, trouble breathing, and shortness of breath.

Interactions with other drugs

Metronidazole may interact with certain medications, including blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin, busulfan, disulfiram, cimetidine, lithium, and phenytoin. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all prescription drugs, over-the-counter and supplements you are taking to minimize the risk of interactions.

Similar drugs to metronidazole

Other treatments similar to metronidazole therapy include tinidazole, and nitroimidazole.



Now Patient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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