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A healthcare provider may prescribe metronidazole cream to treat rosacea. This medicated skin cream is applied to the skin twice daily. It contains an antibiotic, and may also have some immune-suppressing and anti-inflammatory properties. While most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and may include skin burning, redness, and itching.

What Is Metronidazole Cream?

Metronidazole cream (MetroCream®) is a prescription rosacea medication. It comes as a cream that is applied directly on the skin twice a day.

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, metronidazole cream may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the skin cream will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of metronidazole cream may include but are not limited to:
  • Burning and stinging
  • Redness
  • Skin irritation
  • Itching.
(Click Side Effects of Metronidazole Cream to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using metronidazole cream if you have:
  • A history of low blood cell counts
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Metronidazole Cream to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
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