What is Metrogel?
Metrogel is an effective, prescription-only topical treatment which is mainly used to treat rosacea.
Metrogel comes in the form of a clear gel, containing the powerful antibiotic metronidazole as the active ingredient.
It can be prescribed for adults over the age of 18 years to treat inflammation, redness and spots caused by the skin condition rosacea.
Metrogel is manufactured by Galderma and comes in 40g tubes.
What is Metrogel used for?
Metrogel is used to treat spots, pimples and redness that are caused by rosacea, a chronic skin condition.
Rosacea mainly affects the face, usually occurring on the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin and eyelids. It can result in increased redness in these areas of the face (also referred to as flushing), as well as acne-like outbreaks.
Rosacea symptoms can vary from person to person, but may include the following:
- Dry skin
- Swelling around the face
- Yellow patches of skin
- Sore, crusty eyelids
- A burning sensation
- A stinging sensation when washing the skin
- Small, visible or broken blood vessels in the skin
- Tiny spots or pus-filled pimples
Metrogel can help you to treat these symptoms and clear up skin irritation and inflammation.
Metrogel should not be used to treat acne or other skin conditions. For more information on the best treatment options for acne, visit our dedicated acne treatments and advice page.
If you are unsure as to the cause of your breakouts and you think it may be rosacea, you should speak to your GP for advice and to get a diagnosis. From there, you can get prescribed the right treatment for your skin condition.
How does Metrogel treat rosacea?
Metrogel contains the active ingredient metronidazole. Metronidazole is a powerful antibiotic and antimicrobial agent that belongs to a group of medicines called nitroimidazole antibiotics.
When applied directly to the skin in the affected area, the active agent metronidazole targets the bacteria that cause rosacea. It prevents the growth of the bacteria by damaging their DNA, which means they are no longer able to multiply. Once the bacteria can no longer grow, the infection becomes under control, and the irritation and inflammation caused by rosacea is reduced.
As well as reducing inflammation of the skin, Metrogel also works to clear up the spots and pimples associated with rosacea.
Metrogel for bacterial vaginosis (BV)
Metrogel contains the same antibiotic, metronidazole, as the treatment for bacterial vaginosis (BV).
However, it is not recommended that Metrogel is used to treat infections of the genitals like BV.
At The Independent Pharmacy, we do offer various treatments that can be used to treat BV.
You can find out more about the different treatments available on our bacterial vaginosis treatments page, which also contains helpful information and advice about the condition.
If you are looking for a metronidazole gel to treat BV, you can buy Zidoval vaginal gel discreetly from The Independent Pharmacy here. You can also buy Metronidazole tablets to treat BV, which contain metronidazole here.
If you are looking for a substitute for Metrogel, there are a few other medicines that will work just as well.
This may be topical metronidazole gel, oral metronidazole tablets, or other medicines which contain other active ingredients to treat rosacea. These may be applied topically to the affected area, or taken via oral administration.
At The Independent Pharmacy, we prescribe and sell various treatments for rosacea in different dosage forms to suit people's individual needs.
These treatments include Finacea, Dermalex, Rozex and Soolantra creams and gels. We also provide treatment in tablet or capsule form. All of these can be viewed and purchased over on our rosacea treatments page.
If you are unsure how to treat your rosacea or what might be the best treatment for you it is best to discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist.
Other metronidazole gel-based treatments
If you are specifically looking for a metronidazole gel-based treatment, Rozex gel is an alternative to Metrogel that also contains metronidazole as the active ingredient.