Are there side effects of trichomonal vulvovaginitis medication?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The most effective treatment for trichomonal vulvovaginitis is a large dose of oral medication. Your doctor will prescribe you either metronidazole or tinidazole. Side effects of these medications include dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or a metallic taste in your mouth. Doctors usually recommend that you do not consume alcohol for at least a day after treatment because it may worsen these side effects. Studies have suggested that the use of metronidazole in pregnant women during the first trimester may harm the baby, so it usually will not be prescribed in that circumstance unless other treatments have failed. Ask your doctor which treatment option is right for you.

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