Is Metronidazole Treatment Effective For Gonorrhea?

Dear Ask The Doctor:  "is VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel, 0.75%) prescribed to treat gonorrhea?
 

Dear Patient:  Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease and is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea is characterized by thick discharge from the penis or vagina. In addition to male reproductive organs & female genital tract, gonorrhea may infect the rectum, throat, eyes, blood, skin, & joints. Gonorrhea spreads through semen or vaginal fluids during unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner. Gonorrhea is tested by either a urine test or a swab test. Adults with gonorrhea are treated with antibiotics. Early treatment is simple & effective, & involves a single dose of antibiotics. In addition, the treatment of chlamydia is also advocated. To avoid re-infection, any sexual partners should be treated too. Unfortunately metronidazole is not effective for the treatment of gonorrhea and is used if you have bacterial vaginosis. I would advise that you see your doctor for a urine or swab test and appropriate antibiotics if positive.

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