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Precautions and Warnings With Metronidazole Cream

If you have had anemia or other problems with low blood cell counts, ask your healthcare provider about potential risks that may apply to you before starting rosacea treatment with metronidazole cream. Other precautions and warnings for using this medicated skin cream safely include possible risks for drug interactions and potential problems that may occur in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using metronidazole cream (MetroCream®) if you:
  • Have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Have ever had low blood cell counts
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Metronidazole Cream Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this rosacea medicine include the following:
  • Metronidazole cream is for skin use only. Do not swallow it, and make sure to keep it out of the eyes. This skin cream is not intended for vaginal use; a different product called MetroGel-Vaginal® is approved for this use.
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have a history of low blood counts, such as low white blood cells, low platelets, or anemia. Although it is probably quite unlikely, it is possible that metronidazole cream could make these problems worse.
  • The active ingredient in metronidazole cream passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before using this product (see MetroCream and Breastfeeding).
  • Metronidazole cream is a pregnancy Category B medication, which means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see MetroCream and Pregnancy for more information).

Metronidazole Cream Information

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