What is MetroGel?MetroGel is a preparation of the drug metronidazole used for the treatment of a skin condition called rosacea. The cream and lotion forms of metronidazole are used for the same problem. All are for external (topical) use only.
What is the most important information I should know about MetroGel?Metronidazole may irritate the skin. If local irritation occurs, consult your doctor. You may need to use the medication less frequently or to discontinue use.
Who should not take MetroGel?Do not use topical metronidazole if you have ever had an allergic reaction to metronidazole, or if you have been told that you are sensitive to chemicals called parabens.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of MetroGel?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had any abnormalities of the blood.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Apply a thin layer to the affected area twice a day.
How should I take MetroGel?After washing the affected area, apply a thin film of the preparation and rub in. Topical metronidazole should be applied twice daily, in the morning and evening. Cosmetics may be used after the drug is applied. (If using the lotion, wait 5 minutes for it to dry.)
What should I avoid while taking MetroGel?Since this medication may cause tearing of the eye, avoid contact with the eyes. Be sure to wash your hands after applying the medication so as not to irritate the eyes.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with MetroGel?Oral metronidazole strengthens the activity of blood thinners such as warfarin. It's not known whether topical preparations have the same effect.
What are the possible side effects of MetroGel?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: burning or stinging, dryness, itching, metallic taste, nausea, redness, skin irritation, tingling or numbness of hands and feet, worsening of rosacea
Can I receive MetroGel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?There is no evidence that metronidazole can harm a developing baby. Nevertheless, it should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Topical metronidazole appears in breast milk. You'll need to choose between nursing your baby or continuing treatment with the drug.
What should I do if I miss a dose of MetroGel?Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule.
How should I store MetroGel?Store at room temperature. Protect the lotion from freezing.