(metronidazole) Vaginal Gel, 0.75% for Intravaginal Use.
VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel, 0.75%) is the vaginal dosage form of the nitroimidazole antimicrobial metronidazole at a concentration of 0.75%. Chemically, metronidazole is a 2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole-1-ethanol.
C6H9N3O3 M.W. 171.16
VANDAZOLE is a colorless to yellow gel, containing metronidazole at a concentration of 7.5 mg/g (0.75%). The gel also contains edetate disodium, hypromellose, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, and sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH).
Each applicator full of 5 grams of vaginal gel contains approximately 37.5 mg of metronidazole.
What are the possible side effects of metronidazole vaginal (MetroGel-Vaginal, Vandazole)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Rare but serious side effects may include:
- seizure (convulsions); or
- numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild burning or stinging when the medication is applied;
- pelvic pain or cramps;
- loss of appetite, constipation, upset stomach, vomiting;
VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) is indicated in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (formerly referred to as Haemophilus vaginitis, Gardnerella vaginitis, nonspecific vaginitis, Corynebacterium vaginitis, or anaerobic vaginosis) in non-pregnant women.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The recommended dose is one applicator full of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) , (approximately 5 grams of gel containing approximately 37.5 mg of metronidazole) administered intravaginally once a day for 5 days. For once a day dosing, VANDAZOLE should be administered at bedtime [see PATIENT INFORMATION].
Not for ophthalmic, dermal, or oral use.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) is a vaginal gel 0.75% in a 70 g tube with 5 vaginal applicators (each applicator delivers approximately 5 g of gel containing 37.5 mg of metronidazole).
Storage And Handling
VANDAZOL E (metronidazo le vaginal gel, 0.75%) is supplied in a 70 gram tube and packaged with 5 vaginal applicators.
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Avoid exposure to extreme heat or cold. Protect from freezing.
Manufactured For: UPSHER-SMITH LABORATORIES, INC. Minneapolis, MN 55447. Rev. 1/2011
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
The data described below reflect exposure to VANDAZOLE compared to another formulation of vaginal metronidazole in 220 women in a single trial. The population was non-pregnant females (age range 18 to 72 years, the mean was 33 years +/- 11 years) with bacterial vaginosis. The racial demographic of those enrolled was 71 (32%) of White, 143 (65%) of Black, 3 (1%) of Hispanic, 2 (1%) of Asian, and 1 (0%) of other. Patients administered an applicator full of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) intravaginally once daily at bedtime for 5 days.
There were no deaths or serious adverse reactions related to drug therapy in the clinical trial. VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) was discontinued in 5 patients (2.3%) due to adverse reactions.
The incidence of all adverse reactions in VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) -treated patients was 42% (92/220). Adverse reactions occurring in ≥ 1% of patients were: fungal infection* (12%), headache (7%), pruritus (6%), abdominal pain (5%), nausea (3%), dysmenorrhea (3%), pharyngitis (2%), rash (1%), infection (1%), diarrhea (1%), breast pain (1%), and metrorrhagia (1%).
* Known or previously unrecognized vaginal candidiasis may present more prominent symptoms during therapy with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) . Approximately 10% of patients treated with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) developed Candida vaginitis during or immediately after therapy.
Additional uncommon events, reported by < 1% of those women treated with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) included:
General: allergic reaction, back pain, flu syndrome, mucous membrane disorder, pain
Gastrointestinal: anorexia, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, gingivitis, vomiting
Nervous System: depression, dizziness, insomnia
Respiratory System: asthma, rhinitis
Skin and Appendages: acne, sweating, urticaria
Urogenital System: breast enlargement, dysuria, female lactation, labial edema, leucorrhea, menorrhagia, pyleonephritis, salpingitis, urinary frequency, urinary tract infection, vaginitis, vulvovaginal disorder
Other Metronidazole Formulations
Other Vaginal Formulations
Other reactions that have been reported in association with the use of other formulations of metronidazole vaginal gel include: unusual taste and decreased appetite.
Topical (Dermal) Formulations
Other reactions that have been reported in association with the use of topical (dermal) formulations of metronidazole include skin irritation, transient skin erythema, and mild skin dryness and burning. None of these adverse reactions exceeded an incidence of 2% of patients.
Oral and Parenteral Formulations
The following adverse reactions and altered laboratory tests have been reported with the oral or parenteral use of metronidazole:
Cardiovascular: Flattening of the T-wave may be seen in electrocardiographic tracings.
Nervous System: The most serious adverse reactions reported in patients treated with metronidazole have been convulsive seizures, encephalopathy, aseptic meningitis, optic and peripheral neuropathy, the latter characterized mainly by numbness or paresthesia of an extremity. In addition, patients have reported syncope, vertigo, incoordination, ataxia, confusion, dysarthria, irritability, depression, weakness, and insomnia. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, an unpleasant metallic taste, anorexia, epigastric distress, abdominal cramping, constipation, “furry” tongue, glossitis, stomatitis, pancreatitis, and modification of taste of alcoholic beverages.
Genitourinary: Overgrowth of Candida in the vagina, dyspareunia, decreased libido, proctitis.
Hematopoietic: Reversible neutropenia, reversible thrombocytopenia.
Hypersensitivity Reactions: Urticaria; erythematous rash; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, flushing; nasal congestion; dryness of the mouth, vagina, or vulva; fever; pruritus; fleeting joint pains [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].
Renal: Dysuria, cystitis, polyuria, incontinence, a sense of pelvic pressure, darkened urine.
The intravaginal administration of a single 5 gram dose of VANDAZOLE results in relatively lower mean systemic exposure to metronidazole that is approximately 2% to 5% of that achieved following a 500 mg oral dose of metronidazole [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]. The following drug interactions were reported for oral metronidazole.
Use of oral metronidazole has been associated with psychotic reactions in alcoholic patients who are using disulfiram concurrently. VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) should not be used by patients who have taken disulfiram within the last two weeks [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].
Use of oral metronidazole has been associated with a disulfiram-like reaction (abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and flushing) to alcohol. Alcoholic beverages and preparations containing ethanol or propylene glycol should not be consumed during and for at least three days after VANDAZOLE therapy [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].
Coumarin and Other Oral Anticoagulants
Use of oral metronidazole has been reported to potentiate the anticoagulant effect of warfarin and other coumarin anticoagulants, resulting in a prolongation of prothrombin time. This possible drug interaction should be considered when VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) is prescribed for patients on this type of anticoagulant therapy. In patients on oral anticoagulants, consider monitoring prothrombin time, international normalized ratio (INR), and other coagulation parameters while on VANDAZOLE.
Short-term use of oral metronidazole has been associated with elevation of serum lithium concentrations and, in a few cases signs of lithium toxicity, in patients stabilized on relatively high doses of lithium. Use VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) with caution in patients treated with lithium and consider monitoring lithium serum concentrations while on VANDAZOLE.
Use of oral metronidazole with cimetidine may prolong the half-life and decrease plasma clearance of metronidazole. No dose adjustment of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) is necessary.
Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.
Central and Peripheral Nervous System Effects
Use of oral or intravenous metronidazole is associated with convulsive seizures, encephalopathy, aseptic meningitis, optic and peripheral neuropathy, the latter characterized mainly by numbness or parethesia of an extremity [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) should be administered with caution to patients with central nervous system diseases. Discontinue VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) promptly if a patient develops abnormal neurologic signs.
Carcinogenicity in Animals
Metronidazole has been shown to be carcinogenic in mice and rats [see Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility]. Unnecessary use of metronidazole should be avoided. Use of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) should be reserved for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis [see INDICATIONS AND USAGE]
Interference with Laboratory Tests
Metronidazole may interfere with certain types of determinations of serum chemistry values, such as aspartate aminotransferase (AST, SGOT), alanine aminostransferase (ALT, SGPT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), triglycerides, and glucose hexokinase. Values of zero may be observed. All of the assays in which interference has been reported involve enzymatic coupling of the assay to oxidation-reduction of nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotides (NAD + NADH).
Interference is due to the similarity in absorbance peaks of NADH (340 nm) and metronidazole (322 nm) at pH 7. Consider postponing chemistry laboratory tests to after treatment with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) .
Patient Counseling Information
Interaction with Alcohol
Instruct the patient not to consume alcoholic beverages and preparations containing ethanol or propylene glycol during and for at least 3 days after treatment with VANDAZOLE [see CONTRAINDICATIONS and DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Instruct the patient not to use VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) if disulfiram had been used within the last two weeks [see CONTRAINDICATIONS], and to inform their healthcare provider if they are taking oral anticoagulants, or lithium [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Vaginal Intercourse and Use with Vaginal Products
Instruct the patient not to engage in vaginal intercourse, or use other vaginal products (such as tampons or douches) during treatment with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) .
Fungal Vaginal Infections
Human Milk Feeding
Advise women that they may consider discontinuing milk feeding or pump and discard their milk during treatment and for 24 hours after the last dose of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) [see Use in Specific Populations].
Accidental Exposure to the Eye
Inform the patient that VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) contains ingredients that may cause burning and irritation of the eye. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, rinse the eye with copious amounts of cool tap water and consult a healthcare provider.
Inform the patient to discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider if vaginal irritation occurs with use of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) .
Administration of Drug
Instruct the patient that VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel, 0.75%) is supplied with 5 vaginal applicators. For once daily dosing, one applicator should be used per dose. See DIRECTIONS FOR USE for complete instructions on how to use the product and the vaginal applicator.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Metronidazole has shown evidence of carcinogenic activity after chronic oral administration in mice and rats. Pulmonary tumors and lymphomas were reported in several oral mouse studies in which mice were dosed at 75 mg/kg and above (about 5 times the clinical human dose based on body surface area comparison). Malignant liver tumors were reported in male mice dosed at doses equivalent to a human dose of 41 mg/kg/day (33 times the recommended clinical dose based on body surface area comparisons). Chronic oral dosing of metronidazole in rats at doses above 150 mg/kg (about 20 times the clinical human dose based on body surface area comparison) has resulted in mammary and hepatic tumors. Two lifetime tumorigenicity studies in hamsters have been performed and reported to be negative. Although no life-time studies were performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel, 0.75%), published data have shown that intravaginal administration of metronidazole to Wistar rats for 5 days, at doses 26 times the recommended human dose based on body surface area comparisons, has resulted in an increased frequency of micronuclei in rat vaginal mucosal cells.
Metronidazole has shown mutagenic activity in a number of in vitro assay systems. In addition, a dose dependent increase in the frequency of micronuclei was observed in mice after intraperitoneal injections. An increase in chromosome aberrations has been reported in one study of patients with Crohn's disease who were treated with 200 to 1200 mg/day of metronidazole for 1 to 24 months. However, in a second study, no increase in chromosome aberrations was reported in patients with Crohn's disease who were treated with metronidazole for 8 months.
Fertility studies have been performed in mice up to six times the recommended human oral dose (based on mg/m²) and have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility.
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Category B
VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
There are published data from case-control studies, cohort studies, and two meta-analyses that include more than 5000 pregnant women who used metronidazole systemically during pregnancy. Many studies included first trimester exposures. One study showed an increased risk of cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, in infants exposed to metronidazole in-utero; however, these findings were not confirmed. In addition, more than ten randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials enrolled more than 5000 pregnant women to assess the use of systemic antibiotic treatment (including metronidazole) for bacterial vaginosis on the incidence of preterm delivery. Most studies did not show an increased risk for congenital anomalies or other adverse fetal outcomes following metronidazole exposure during pregnancy. Three studies conducted to assess the risk of infant cancer following systemic metronidazole exposure during pregnancy did not show an increased risk; however, the ability of these studies to detect such a signal was limited.
Oral reproductive toxicity studies have been performed in mice at doses up to six times the recommended human dose based on body surface area comparisons and have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus. However, in a single small study where the drug was administered intraperitoneally, some intrauterine deaths were observed.
Animal studies have shown that metronidazole crosses the placental barrier and enters the fetal circulation rapidly. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, and because metronidazole crosses the placental barrier and is a carcinogen in rodents, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Caution should be exercised when VANDAZOLE is administered to a nursing woman. Following oral metronidazole administration, concentrations of metronidazole in human milk are similar to concentrations in plasma. Since some metronidazole is systemically absorbed following vaginal administration of metronidazole, excretion in human milk is possible.
Because of the potential for tumorigenicity shown for metronidazole in animal studies, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) , taking into account the importance of the therapy to the mother. A nursing mother may choose to pump and discard her milk for the duration of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) therapy, and for 24 hours after therapy ends and feed her infant stored human milk or formula.
The safety and efficacy of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in post-menarchal females have been established on the extrapolation of clinical trial data from adult women. The safety and efficacy of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) in premenarchal females have not been established.
Clinical studies with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) did not include sufficient numbers of subjects 65 years of age or older to determine whether they respond differently than younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience in using metronidazole gel, 1% has not identified differences in responses between elderly and younger patients.
There is no human experience with overdosage of metronidazole vaginal gel. Vaginally applied metronidazole gel, 0.75% could be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS].
The use of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to metronidazole, other nitroimidazole derivatives, or parabens. Reported reactions include urticaria; erythematous rash; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, flushing; nasal congestion; dryness of the mouth, vagina, or vulva; fever; pruritus; fleeting joint pains [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].
Psychotic Reaction with Disulfiram
Use of oral metronidazole is associated with psychotic reactions in alcoholic patients who were using disulfiram concurrently. Do not administer VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) to patients who have taken disulfiram within the last two weeks [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].
Interaction with Alcohol
Use of oral metronidazole is associated with a disulfiram-like reaction to alcohol, including abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and flushing [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Discontinue alcohol consumption during and for at least three days after therapy with VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) .
Mechanism of Action
Metronidazole is an antibacterial drug [see Microbiology]
Pharmacokinetics Healthy Subjects
Following a single, intravaginal 5 gram dose of metronidazole vaginal gel (equivalent to 37.5 mg of metronidazole) to 38 healthy female subjects, a mean maximum serum metronidazole concentration of 281 ng/mL was reported (range: 134 to 464 ng/mL). The average time to achieve this Cmax was 9.5 hours (range: 4 to 17 hours) after dosing with metronidazole vaginal gel. This Cmax is approximately 2% of the mean maximum serum concentration reported in healthy subjects administered a single, oral 500 mg dose of metronidazole (mean Cmax = 12,785 ng/mL).
The extent of exposure [area under the curve (AUC)] of metronidazole, when administered as a single intravaginal 5 gram dose of metronidazole vaginal gel (equivalent to 37.5 mg of metronidazole), was 5,989 ng•hr/mL (range: 2,797 to 10,515 ng•hr/mL). This AUC0-∞ is approximately 5% of the reported AUC of metronidazole following a single oral 500 mg dose of metronidazole approximately 125,000 ng•hr/mL.
Patients with Bacterial Vaginosis
Following single and multiple 5 gram doses of a similar metronidazole vaginal gel product to 4 patients with bacterial vaginosis, a mean maximum serum metronidazole concentration of 214 ng/mL on day one and 294 ng/mL (range: 228 to 349 ng/mL) on day five were reported. Steady state metronidazole serum concentrations following oral dosages of 400 to 500 mg BID have been reported to range from 6,000 to 20,000 ng/mL.
Mechanism of Action
The intracellular targets of action of metronidazole on anaerobes are largely unknown. The 5-nitro group of metronidazole is reduced by metabolically active anaerobes, and studies have demonstrated that the reduced form of the drug interacts with bacterial DNA. However, it is not clear whether interaction with DNA alone is an important component in the bactericidal action of metronidazole on anaerobic organisms.
Activity In Vitro
Metronidazole is an antibacterial agent active in vitro against most strains of the following organisms that have been reported to be associated with bacterial vaginosis:
Standard methodology for the susceptibility testing of the potential bacterial vaginosis pathogens, Gardnerella vaginalis and Mobiluncus spp., has not been defined. Culture and sensitivity testing of bacteria are not routinely performed to establish the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis [see Clinical Studies].
A single, randomized, double-blind, active-controlled clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. A clinical diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis was defined by the presence of a homogeneous vaginal discharge that (a) has a pH of greater than 4.5, (b) emits a “fishy” amine odor when mixed with a 10% KOH solution, and (c) contains clue cells on microscopic examination. Gram's stain results consistent with a diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis include (a) markedly reduced or absent Lactobacillus morphology, (b) predominance of Gardnerella morphotype, and (c) absent or few white blood cells. Non-pregnant females at least 18 years of age were randomized to receive treatment with either VANDAZOLE or another formulation of metronidazole vaginal gel 0.75% once daily at bedtime for 5 days. The modified intent-to treat population (patients who received study medication and had a Nugent score ≥ 4) consisted of 229 VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) patients and 243 patients treated with another vaginal formulation of metronidazole. Therapeutic Cure defined as a clinical cure and Nugent score < 4 was assessed Day 22-31. Table 1 shows the therapeutic, clinical and Nugent score cure rates in this trial. The therapeutic cure rate was 42.8% for the VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) group and 30.9% for the comparator group (95% confidence interval about the 11.9% difference in therapeutic cure rate: 2.8% to 21.0%).
Table 1 : Efficacy of Vandazole (metronidazole vaginal gel) for the Treatment of Bacterial
Vaginosis in a Randomized, Double-Blind Active Controlled Studya
|Outcome||Vandazole (metronidazole vaginal gel)
n = 229
n = 243
|Treatment Difference (%) [95% Confidence Interval]|
|Therapeutic Cure||42.8||30.9||11.9 [2.8, 21.0]|
|Clinical Cure||52.4||45.3||7.1 [-2.3, 16.5]|
|Nugent Score Cure||52.0||41.1||10.9 [1.5, 20.3]|
|a Modified intent-to-treat population|
(metronidazole vaginal gel, 0.75%)
For vaginal use only.
Do not put VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) in your eyes, mouth, or on your skin.
Read this Patient Instructions for Use before you start using VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) . This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
Instructions for use:
1. Filling the applicator
- Remove the cap and puncture the metal seal on the tube with the pointed tip of the cap. (See Figure A)
- Screw the end of applicator onto the tube. (See Figure B)
- Slowly squeeze the gel out of tube and into the applicator. The plunger will stop when the applicator is full. (See Figure C)
- Unscrew the applicator and replace the cap on the tube.
2. Inserting the applicator
- You can insert the applicator into your vagina:
- while you lie on your back with your knees bent or
- in any position that is comfortable for you
- Hold the filled applicator by the barrel, and gently insert into your vagina as far as it will comfortably go. (See Figure D)
- Slowly push the plunger in until all of the gel goes into your vagina (See Figure D).
- Take the empty applicator out of your vagina.
3. Care of the applicator This product comes with 5 vaginal applicators.
- After use, throw away the empty applicator in the trash.
While you use VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) you should not have vaginal intercourse or use other vaginal products (such as tampons or douches).
If vaginal irritation develops when you use VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) , discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.
If you get VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) in your eye, rinse your eye with cool tap water and consult a healthcare provider.
How should I store VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) ?
- Store VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
- Avoid exposure to extreme heat or cold. Avoid freezing VANDAZOLE (metronidazole vaginal gel) .
- Keep this and all medicines out of reach of children.
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