Metronidazole Topical

Metronidazole Topical
Metronidazole Topical


Metronidazole topical is used to treat rosacea (a skin disease that causes redness, flushing, and pimples on the face). Metronidazole is in a class of medications called nitroimidazole antimicrobials. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

Side Effects Of Metronidazole Topical

Metronidazole may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • increased skin redness, dryness, burning, irritation, or stinging
  • teary eyes
  • pink eye
  • nausea

Some side effects of metronidazole topical can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • numbness, pain, burning or tingling in your hands or feet
  • rash
  • itching
  • hives

Metronidazole may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.

Warnings & Precautions

Before using metronidazole:

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to metronidazole or any of the ingredients in metronidazole topical preparations. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription, nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a central nervous system condition (diseases of the spinal cord or brain) or a blood disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using metronidazole, call your doctor.

Dosage Of Metronidazole Topical

Metronidazole comes as a cream, lotion, or gel to be applied to your skin. Metronidazole is usually is applied once or twice a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use metronidazole exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Do not use metronidazole topical in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

Be careful not to get metronidazole gel, cream, or lotion in your eyes or mouth. If you do get metronidazole in your eyes, wash with plenty of water and contact your doctor.

Wash the affected skin area before applying metronidazole topical. Apply a thin layer of the cream, gel, or lotion to the affected area and rub it in gently. You may use cosmetics on the affected area after waiting at least 5 minutes for the medication to dry.


Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else use your metronidazole topical. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the metronidazole, call your doctor.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.


All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.