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Metronidazole Shortage

Archived: for reference only.  For the most recent treatment information, see the STD Treatment Guidelines

Update - All products are now available.  (Februrary 15, 2012)

CDC was recently notified of difficulties in obtaining metronidazole tablets. Metronidazole is a recommended treatment for bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.  It is also an optional therapy in the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease. Other CDC recommended regimens for bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis are listed below and outlined in the 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines along with additional alternative regimens. For more information regarding the availability of metronidazole tablets, visit the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Drug Shortage website. 

Bacterial vaginosis

Metronidazole gel 0.75% one full applicator intravaginally once a day for 5 days


Clindamycin cream 2% one full applicator intravaginally at bedtime for 7 days


Tinidazole 2 g orally in a single dose

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