Metronidazole (On the skin)
Metrocream, Metrogel, Metrolotion, Noritate, Rosadan, Rosadan GelThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to metronidazole.
How to Use This Medicine:
Cream, Gel/Jelly, Liquid Mixture, Lotion
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
- Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently. You may apply cosmetics after applying this medicine.
- Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how metronidazole works. Tell your doctor if you are using a blood thinner (including coumarin, warfarin).
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you have nerve problems or a history of blood disease.
- Do not breastfeed during treatment with this medicine.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Nerve problem, including peripheral neuropathy
- Skin reactions, including contact dermatitis
- Eye irritation
- Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Red, sore eyes, tearing of the eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 3/6/2023