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Brand Names: MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroLotion, Noritate

Generic Name: metronidazole topical (Pronunciation: MET roe NYE da zole)

What is metronidazole topical (MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroLotion, Noritate)?

Metronidazole is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.

Metronidazole topical (for the skin) is used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea.

Metronidazole topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of metronidazole topical (MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroLotion, Noritate)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have severe stinging or burning when you apply metronidazole topical.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging when the medication is applied;
  • numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet;
  • cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, cold symptoms;
  • vaginal itching or discharge;
  • headache;
  • dry, scaly, or itchy skin;
  • nausea; or
  • metallic taste in your mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about metronidazole topical (MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroLotion, Noritate)?

Do not use metronidazole topical if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

Before using metronidazole topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have a blood cell disorder such as anemia or decreased white blood cells.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Metronidazole topical is for use only on the skin. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse thoroughly with cool water. Do not use topical metronidazole in the vagina.

Call your doctor if you have severe stinging or burning when you apply metronidazole topical.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before any infection is completely treated. Do not use metronidazole topical to treat any other skin infection your doctor has not prescribed it for.



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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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