Generic Name(s): metronidazole
Drug Class: Nitroimidazole antibiotics
Treats: Rosacea, bacterial infections
Metrogel is a prescription drug belonging to a class of medications known as nitroimidazole antibiotics. Metrogel is a brand name drug; the generic name of this drug is metronidazole. Metrogel is used to treat rosacea and acne caused by susceptible microorganisms. Metrogel works by killing the bacteria, preventing the reproduction of cells by inhibiting cell wall synthesis.
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Metrogel is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Metrogel is only indicated to treat susceptible microorganisms, which must be determined by the prescribing doctor. Metrogel is commonly prescribed to treat rosacea, an inflammatory condition of the face. Metrogel relieves the inflammation as well as the number pustules and lesions that occur with rosacea, however, it only relieves symptoms and is not a cure for the disease. Metrogel also is prescribed to treat vaginitis, trichomonas infections, amebiasis, giardiasis, treponemal infections, and anaerobic bacterial infections. Metrogel is designated for use in adults and should be used cautiously in children under the age of 12.
Below you will find the primary uses of Metrogel:
- bacterial infections
Metrogel dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- A thin layer of Metrogel should be massaged into the skin twice daily for 5 consecutive days.
Metrogel Side Effects
Metrogel, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Metrogel, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- burning at the application site
- localized or generalized skin irritation
- dryness and/or peeling of the skin
- redness or other discoloration of the skin
- metallic taste in the mouth
- tingling or numbness of extremities
- gastric upset with nausea and vomiting
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Metrogel. As with all drugs, before taking Metrogel, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.