Metrogel

(metronidazole)

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Treats vaginal infections and acne rosacea.

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Metrogel (metronidazole) is effective for bacterial infections or skin conditions, but you may need to avoid alcohol while using this.

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Quick facts about Metrogel
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (metronidazole)

Upsides

  • Works well for acne rosacea and most types of vaginal infections. It has fewer side-effects than oral tablets.
  • It is available as a generic product.
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Downsides

  • May cause skin irritation.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Metrogel (metronidazole) can cause intense flushing of skin and nausea. It is less likely with the gel and cream formulations than oral tablets, but be aware.
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How it works

Metrogel (metronidazole) is a nitroimidazole antibiotic and antiprotozoal. It kills bacteria and reduces inflammation in patients with acne rosacea.

Quick facts about Metrogel
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (metronidazole)

Dosage forms

  • Cream, Gel, or Ointment
  • Vaginal Cream, Gel, or Ointment
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What to expect when you take Metrogel (metronidazole) for Rosacea

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  • Skin irritation
  • Dry skin
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Side effect rates for Metrogel (metronidazole)

  • Vaginal discharge
    12%12%
  • Yeast infection
    10%10%
  • Genital irritation
    9%9%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    7%7%
  • Headache
    5%5%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    4%4%
  • Pelvic discomfort
    3%3%
  • Unusual taste
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
  • Change in white blood cells
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Metrogel (metronidazole)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Existing nerve problems

    People who have taken the oral or injectable forms of Metrogel (metronidazole) have reported nerve problems. The risk of this side effect should be low when you're using gel or cream formulation, but let your doctor know if you experience burning, prickling, or numbness of your hands and feet.

Common concerns from people taking Metrogel (metronidazole)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Metrogel
BProbably safe
Alcohol
  • Drinking alcohol while using Metrogel (metronidazole) may lead to bad reactions.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Metrogel (metronidazole) can cause intense flushing of skin and nausea. It is less likely with the gel and cream formulations than oral tablets, but be aware.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Metrogelon 8/25/2017It cost a fortune. I fainted three times after I had 2 drinks because I was never warned about alcohol use. I really got hurt.
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    Woman
    A few months
    Bacterial vaginosis