metronidazole topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my doctor before using 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.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use metronidazole topical.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Metronidazole passes into breast milk and could harm a nursing infant. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use metronidazole topical (MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroLotion, Noritate)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Wash and gently dry your skin before applying metronidazole topical
Apply the medication in a thin layer and rub in completely. You may apply cosmetics after using 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.
Store metronidazole topical at room temperature away from moisture or heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
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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