Generic Name: metronidazole (MET-roe-NYE-da-zole)
Brand Name: Examples include MetroCream, MetroGel, and MetroLotion
Metronidazole cream is used for:
Treating inflammation caused by the skin disorder rosacea. It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Metronidazole cream is an antiprotozoal and antibacterial. It works by decreasing inflammation.
Do NOT use metronidazole cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in metronidazole cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if this applies to you.
Before using metronidazole cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with metronidazole cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of certain blood problems (eg, low white blood cell or platelet levels)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with metronidazole cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because their effects may be increased by metronidazole cream. This may increase the risk of certain side effects.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if metronidazole cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use metronidazole cream:
Use metronidazole cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash and completely dry the affected area. Be sure the area is completely dry before applying metronidazole cream.
- Apply a thin layer of metronidazole cream to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands immediately after using metronidazole cream.
- You may apply cosmetics after you use metronidazole cream. If you are using the lotion, wait 5 minutes after you use metronidazole cream before you apply cosmetics so that the lotion has time to dry.
- Use metronidazole cream on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Using it at the same time(s) each day will help you remember to use it.
- Continue to use metronidazole cream even if your condition improves, unless a doctor tells you otherwise. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of metronidazole cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use metronidazole cream.
Important safety information:
- Metronidazole cream is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not use metronidazole cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Metronidazole cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using metronidazole cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use metronidazole cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of metronidazole cream:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild burning, dryness, itching, scaling, or stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe burning, dryness, irritation, itching, scaling, or stinging; tingling or numbness of the hands or feet.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Metronidazole cream may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of metronidazole cream:
Store metronidazole cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep metronidazole cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about metronidazole cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Metronidazole cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take metronidazole cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about metronidazole cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to metronidazole cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using metronidazole cream.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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