Metro-Gel is a prescription medication designed to treat Rosacea.



Rosacea Treatment

Over 14 million Americanís suffer from rosacea. Many people afflicted with rosacea fail to realize that their condition can be treated. Metrogel is the #1 prescribed medication by dermatologists for the treatment of rosacea. Metrogel (metronidazole topical) is a powerful antibiotic topical gel which is used to treat patients who suffer from chronic acne, rosacea and acne rosacea.

How Does Metrogel Work?

Metrogel works by attacking the bacteria which causes acne to form in the pores of your skin. It works to treat rosacea by reducing inflammation and killing the bacteria which causes lesions to surface it may take several weeks for Metrogel to work effectively for you.

How to take Metrogel?

Only take this drug exactly as directed to by a doctor or a pharmacist. Make sure you thoroughly clean the area that you intend to apply Metrogel to. Most commonly, it will be directed to be applied twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, to the affected area.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin disease that is most commonly found in adults and affects several areas on the face which are prone to blushing. It is caused by blood vessels in the area dilating and rising to surface, appearing as thin, red lines on the face. In many cases these inflammations can also be acne prone.

Acne Rosacea Treatment:

Typically, your doctor will prescribe a topical antibacterial cream or gel, applied daily for a set period of time, or until the symptoms dissipate. If left untreated, the disease may eventually progress to inflammatory rosacea, with small red, pus-filled bumps that resemble pimples. In severe cases, the nose may become red and swollen from excess tissue. This is a condition called rhinophyma, which gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his trademark red, bulbous nose.

Metrogel Side Effects:

There are not many side effects that have occurred when using this product however there are some minor side effects which can occur. If you experience any of these make sure to tell to your doctor about them.

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Dryness
  • Flakiness
  • irritation
  • Redness
  • Nausea
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Metallic taste in mouth

Metrogel Precautions:

Always make sure that you tell your doctor about ALL of the drugs that you are currently taking, most importantly any other topical gels, creams, lotions or ointments, and any other topical acne treatments to avoid any interactions from occurring. Women who are breastfeeding should first talk to their doctor about this before using this medication.

Important Patient Information

METRONIDAZOLE - TOPICAL (MET-roe-NYE-da-zole) COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Metrocream, Metrogel, Metrolotion, Noritate

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

USES: This medication is used on the skin to treat a certain skin disorder known as rosacea, a type of adult acne. It may help to decrease redness, swelling and the number of pimples caused by rosacea. This medication is an antibiotic. For the treatment of rosacea, metronidazole is believed to work by decreasing swelling (inflammation). Some brands of this medication also contain sunscreens (see also Notes section).

HOW TO USE: Use this medication on the skin only. Wash and dry your hands before and after applying this medication. Wash and dry the area to be treated. Wait 15 minutes, then apply a thin layer of medication as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. Wait 5 minutes before applying cosmetics. Avoid using this medication around the eye area, unless directed by your doctor. Watery eyes or tearing of the eyes may occur if this medication is applied too close to the eyes. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this occurs, rinse your eyes with large amounts of cool water. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same times each day. It may take about three weeks before your condition gets better, and up to nine weeks for the full benefit of this medication. Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.

SIDE EFFECTS: Stinging, burning, skin irritation, dryness, redness, metallic taste, nausea, or headache may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: tingling or numbness of the hands and feet. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using metronidazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other nitroimidazole antibiotics (such as tinidazole); or to other ingredients in this product; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood disorders (blood dyscrasias). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

OVERDOSE: If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company. safely discard your product.

Prescribing Information

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