Also known as Metrocream, Metrolotion, and Noritate, Metrogel is a topical cream with a main ingredient called metronidazole, used on the skin to treat rosacea. This medication is an antibiotic that helps decrease redness, inflammation, and the number of pimples caused by rosacea. Some versions of this medication also contains sunscreen protection.
To use Metrogel, apply onto the affected area. Wash and dry your hands before and after applying the medication. Also wash and dry the area to be treated. Wait about 10-15 minutes before applying a thin layer of medication. Repeat this routine once more daily. Remember to wait 5-10 minutes before applying cosmetics.
It should take about 3 weeks before noticeable improvement is seen, and up to 9 weeks before a full improvement takes place. If there are no shown improvements after 3 weeks, please consult your dermatologist.
Side effects include stinging, burning, skin irritation, dryness, redness, metallic taste, nausea, or headache may occur. It is good to keep in mind that the benefits of this medication will outweigh the side effects; many people who use Metrogel do not experience serious side effects. However, if you experience tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, notify your doctor immediately.
Allergic reactions to Metrogel are unlikely; however, seek medical attention if rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing occurs.
Metrogel is a prescription drug and can only be purchased with a dermatologist’s approval.