ROZEX 0.75% GEL
Active substance(s): METRONIDAZOLE
ROZEX® 0.75% GEL
Your medicine is available using the name Rozex 0.75% Gel but
will be referred to as Rozex throughout this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass
it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of
illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
What Rozex is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you use Rozex
How to use Rozex
Possible side effects
How to store Rozex
Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Rozex is and what it is used for
Your doctor has prescribed Rozex for your skin condition,
It helps to treat the pimples, pustules (spots) and redness
found with this condition.
Rozex contains the active substance metronidazole.
Metronidazole belongs to a group of medicines called
antiprotozoal and antibacterial agents and has been shown
to help to control infection and inflammation in certain skin
problems, such as rosacea.
What you need to know before you use
Do not use Rozex
If you are allergic to metronidazole or any of the other
ingredients of Rozex (see section 6 for other ingredients). An
allergic reaction may include a rash or itching.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Rozex.
Do not get Rozex in your eyes. If you do so, rinse
thoroughly with large amounts of warm water or eye wash.
If you suffer from any blood disorders do not use Rozex
unless your doctor says you can.
This product should not be used in children.
Do not go out into strong sunlight (including sun-bathing)
and avoid exposure to ultra-violet light (e.g. solariums, sunlamps) while you are using this product.
Avoid prolonged and unnecessary use of this medicine.
Other medicines and Rozex
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
Using Rozex could interfere with drugs used to thin the
blood (anticoagulants) such as warfarin and dicoumarin.
Contact your doctor for advice if you are taking medicines to
thin your blood, or if you suffer from any other blood
Rozex with alcohol
Metronidazole taken by mouth can react with alcohol. This
reaction is unlikely with Rozex because it is only applied on the
skin. However, you are advised not to drink alcohol while you are
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it may not be
advisable to use this product, unless your doctor considers it
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant
or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking this medicine.
If you use more Rozex than you should or
accidentally swallow the gel
This product is for use on the skin only. Do not swallow it. If
you accidentally do so, seek medical advice.
If you forget to use Rozex
Although this gel works best if you use it regularly as
directed, don’t worry if you forget to use your gel at the
right time. When you do remember, start using it again in
the same way as before.
If you stop taking Rozex
Rosacea may respond slowly to antibiotics. It is important that
you continue using Rozex until your doctor tells you to stop.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Rozex can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
redness of the skin (erythema)
itching of the skin (pruritus)
skin discomfort (burning, pain of skin/stinging)
worsening of rosacea
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
numbness (hypothesia) and tingling (paraesthesia) in the
fingers or toes
metallic taste (dysgeusia)
feeling sick (nausea)
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the
methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propyl
parahydroxybenzoate which may cause allergic reactions
propylene glycol which can cause skin irritation.
3. How to use Rozex
Always use Rozex exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and the elderly
First wash and dry the affected areas of your skin.
Apply a thin layer of the gel to all the affected areas – be
careful also not to get it in your eyes.
Rub the gel in well.
Always replace the cap and wash your hands after use.
Your gel should be used in this way twice a day, (morning
and evening), or as advised by your doctor.
Your doctor will decide how long you need to use Rozex to
keep your rosacea under control.
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swelling of the face
peeling skin (exfoliation)
If skin irritation should occur either use Rozex a little less often or
even stop using it until the irritation settles down. Seek medical
advice from your doctor or pharmacist if necessary.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Rozex
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not freeze and keep away from direct heat.
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not use Rozex after the ‘Expiry date’ shown on the tube
and carton label. The expiry date refers to the last day of
If your medicine appears discoloured, or shows any other
signs of deterioration, take it back to your pharmacist who
will advise you.
If your doctor decides to stop the treatment, return any
leftover tablets to the pharmacist. Only keep them if your
doctor tells you to.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other
What Rozex contains
Rozex contains the active ingredient metronidazole.
One gram of gel contains 7.5mg metronidazole.
Also contains the inactive ingredients: carbopol 980, disodium
edetate, methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate
(E216), propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
What Rozex looks like and contents of the pack
Rozex is a clear to pale yellow gel which may turn to slightly
brown colour over time which is available in a 30g tube, only on
prescription from your doctor.
Manufactured by: Laboratoires Galderma Z.I., Alby-sur-Chéran,
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster
Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: BR Lewis Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,
Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
PL No: 08929/0195
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref): 18.07.17
Rozex® is a registered trademark of Galderma S.A.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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