Metrocream (Metronidazole)

(℞) Prescription Required -Metrocream is also marketed as Rozex Cream

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Metrocream (Metronidazole) Dosage and Side Effects

METROCREAM is used to treat rosacea.

Warnings and Precautions

BEFORE you use METROCREAM talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You have any allergies to this drug or its ingredients.
  • You have a history of blood disease or your blood is not normal in some way.
  • You are pregnant or nursing.
  • You plan to be in the sun. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, including sunlamps and tanning beds.
  • Irritation occurs during treatment, discuss with your doctor. Your doctor may advise that you discontinue the medication, discontinue the medication temporarily, or take the medication less frequently.

Interactions with this medication

Drugs that may interact with METROCREAM include: coumarin, warfarin, other imidazole preparations such as clotrimazole and tioconazole, and possibly alcohol.

Proper Use of this medication

Usual adult dose:

Results should be expected in about three weeks with continuing improvement through nine weeks of treatment.

This medicine is for external use only. Do not use this medicine in or near 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.


For management of a suspected drug overdose, contact your regional Poison Control Centre.

Topically applied metronidazole can be absorbed in sufficient amount to produce systemic effects. Massive ingestion may produce vomiting and slight disorientation. If you or anyone else suspects an overdose, promptly call your doctor or pharmacist.

Missed dose:

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.

Side Effects

Like all prescription medicines METROCREAM can have side effects. Some common side effects related to metronidazole were skin redness, burning/stinging, hypersensitivity, skin irritation, dry skin, itching, rosacea worsening. Uncommon side effects were watery eyes, eye irritation, rash, skin peeling, skin tightness, facial swelling, hives, contact dermatitis, skin inflammation, skin pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking METROCREAM contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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