Generic Name: metronidazole (Topical route)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 12, 2019.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- Rosadan Cream Kit
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Antiacne Antibacterial
Chemical Class: Nitroimidazole
Uses for Metrolotion
Topical metronidazole is applied to the skin in adults to help control rosacea , also known as acne rosacea and “adult acne.” This medicine helps to reduce the redness of the skin and the number of pimples, usually found on the face, in patients with rosacea.
Topical metronidazole is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using Metrolotion
Rosacea is usually considered an adult disease. Therefore, topical metronidazole is not generally used in children.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of topical metronidazole in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Interactions with medicines
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
- Aripiprazole Lauroxil
- Arsenic Trioxide
- Cholera Vaccine, Live
- Inotuzumab Ozogamicin
- Mycophenolate Mofetil
- Mycophenolic Acid
- Papaverine Hydrochloride
- Sodium Phosphate
- Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic
- Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic
- Milk Thistle
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Using this medicine with any of the following is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication, change some of the other medicines you take, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
- Blood disease or a history of blood disease—Metronidazole may make the condition worse
Proper use of Metrolotion
This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain metronidazole. It may not be specific to Metrolotion. Please read with care.
Do not use this medicine in or near the eyes. Watering of the eyes may occur when the medicine is used too close to the eyes.
If this medicine does get into your eyes, wash them out immediately, but carefully, with large amounts of cool tap water. If your eyes still burn or are painful, check with your doctor.
Before applying this medicine, thoroughly wash the affected area(s) with a mild, nonirritating cleanser, rinse well, and gently pat dry.
- After washing the affected area(s), apply this medicine with your fingertips.
- Apply and rub in a thin film of medicine, using enough to cover the affected area(s) lightly. You should apply the medicine to the whole area usually affected by rosacea, not just to the pimples themselves .
- Wash the medicine off your hands.
To help keep your rosacea under control, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment. You may have to continue using this medicine every day for 9 weeks or longer. Do not miss any doses.
- For topical dosage forms (cream, gel, and lotion):
- For rosacea:
- Adults—Apply to the affected area(s) of skin two times a day, morning and evening, for nine weeks.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For rosacea:
If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Precautions while using Metrolotion
If your rosacea does not improve within 3 weeks, or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor. However, treatment of rosacea may take up to 9 weeks or longer before you see full improvement.
Stinging or burning of the skin may be expected after this medicine is applied. These effects may last up to a few minutes or more. If irritation continues, check with your doctor. You may have to use the medicine less often or stop using it altogether. Follow your doctor's directions.
You may continue to use cosmetics (make-up) while you are using this medicine for rosacea. However, it is best to use only “oil-free” cosmetics. Also, it is best not to use cosmetics too heavily or too often. They may make your rosacea worse. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
Metrolotion side effects
- Dry skin
- redness or other signs of skin irritation not present before use of this medicine
- stinging or burning of the skin
- watering of eyes
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- tingling or numbness of arms, legs, hands, or feet
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