Generic Name: Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion (met roe NYE da zole)
Brand Name: MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroLotion
Medically reviewed on Feb 8, 2019
Uses of Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion:
- It is used to treat rosacea.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion?
- If you have an allergy to metronidazole or any other part of metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use products that have alcohol in them. You may need to avoid drinking alcohol or taking products that have alcohol in them while using metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion and for some time after your last dose.
- If you are taking a product that has propylene glycol in it, talk with your doctor.
- Metronidazole has been shown to cause cancer in mice and rats with long-term use. Talk with the doctor.
- The doctor has given you metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion for a certain health problem. Do not use metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion for other health problems.
- This medicine may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion with your other drugs.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion) best taken?
Use metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to take metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
- Do not take metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
- Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
- Makeup may be used after the skin has dried.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Irritation where metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion is used.
- Nervous system problems have happened with the oral and injection forms of metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion. Call your doctor right away if you have a burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal; change in balance or eyesight; dizziness or passing out; headache; not able to sleep; seizures; or trouble speaking. Call your doctor right away if you feel confused, depressed, irritable, tired, or weak.
What are some other side effects of Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Dry skin.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Metronidazole Cream, Gel, and Lotion?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about metronidazole cream, gel, and lotion, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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