Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

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  • Zidoval


Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
  • Medication features

    Zidoval is an antibiotic gel used for the treatment of BV. It works locally and provides fast and effective relief. The active ingredient is Metronidazole, which is an antibiotic. It works in the same way as the tablet form.

    • Treatment for bacteria vaginosis (BV)
    • Active ingredient is the antibiotic Metronidazole
    • Easy application


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

Zidoval is a vaginal cream containing the antibiotic metronidazole, which can be applied topically to treat bacterial vaginosis.


  • Can you drink on Zidoval?

    When used in gel form, the effect isn’t as likely to be as intense compared to oral Metronidazole. However, there can still be side effects, so it’s worth avoiding alcohol while using this treatment and for 24 hours after finishing.

  • How long does it take for Zidoval to work?

    Symptoms of BV should clear up after five days of using Zidoval. If you are still experiencing symptoms after finishing the course, you should get in contact with us again to discuss other options.

  • When should I apply this gel?

    It is best to apply the gel before bedtime, as this is when movement is minimal, which gives the treatment time to work.

  • Can I still use a tampon when using Zidoval?

    No – if you begin your period while using this medication, it is best to use external sanitary products such as sanitary pads or absorbent underwear.

Side Effects

There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when using Zidoval.

Common side effects include:

  • Thrush
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Menstrual cycle irregularities

You should speak to a healthcare professional if any of these side effects persist or worsen. Inform a healthcare professional immediately if you experience numbness or tingling, seizures, or signs of an allergic reaction.


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet