Metrogel 0.75% Gel

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Metrogel for Rosacea

If you suffer from a skin condition called rosacea that causes pimples, spots and visible redness on the face then Metrogel can help to relieve irritation, reduce redness and improve the condition of your skin.

You can buy your prescription of Metrogel online from The Independent Pharmacy once you have completed a short online consultation that is reviewed by our medical team. Your treatment can be dispatched and delivered to you as quickly as the next working day.

  • Suitable for age:18 years +
  • Maximum per order:4
  • Consultation required?Yes

Metrogel Information

  • What is Metrogel?

    Metrogel comes as a clear gel containing the antibiotic metronidazole. It can be prescribed for adults over the age of 18 years to treat pimples and pustules 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. Metrogel should not be used to treat acne or other skin conditions. For more information, see our acne treatments see our acne page.

    Rosacea mainly affects the face, the 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
    • Redness
    • A stinging sensation when washing the skin
    • Broken blood vessels
    • Tiny spots or pus-filled pimples

    If you are unsure as to the cause of your acne or are unsure as to whether your skin condition is rosacea you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    How does Metrogel help rosacea?

    Metrogel works to reduce the spots associated with rosacea. It is applied directly to the affected skin, which allows for the antimicrobial agent metronidazole to target the bacteria that cause rosacea. It prevents the growth of the bacteria that causes the irritation and inflammation caused by rosacea.

    Metrogel for bacterial vaginosis

    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.

    At The Independent Pharmacy, we have various treatments that can be used to treat BV. For more information go to our Advice for BV page. If you are looking for a gel to treat BV you can get Zidoval gel on prescription which contains metronidazole.

    Substitute for Metrogel

    At The Independent Pharmacy, we prescribe and sell various treatments for rosacea to suit people's individual needs.

    These treatments include Finacea, Dermalex, Rozex and Soolantra creams and gels. We also provide treatment in tablet form that can be viewed 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.

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  • Metrogel warnings

    Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using Metrogel.

    • If you suffer from a blood disorder speak to a doctor before using Metrogel.
    • Do not spend prolonged time in sunlight or exposing your skin to UV light when using Metrogel.
    • If you are currently using or have recently stopped using any other prescribed or non-prescribed medicines you should tell your doctor or a pharmacist before using Metrogel.

    Metrogel and Alcohol

    Taking Metronidazole orally can react with alcohol. Although this is unlikely with Metrogel because it is only applied to the skin you are advised not to drink alcohol while you are using it.

    Alcohol can also increase symptoms of Rosacea and so only drinking small amounts during a flare-up is advisable.

    Metrogel & Pregnancy

    If you are suffering from Rosacea and are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using Metrogel. They will be able to advise you about the best course of treatment.

  • Metrogel application

    Metrogel can be used by people over the age of 18 years old to treat rosacea. It is only to be applied directly to the affected skin twice a day.

    1. First, wash the affected skin with warm water and mild soap and dry gently.
    2. Squeeze a small amount of gel onto your fingertips and apply a thin layer of the gel to all the affected areas.
    3. Rub the gel in well.
    4. Replace the cap and wash your hands after use.

    Most people will need to use Metrogel for up to 9 weeks to clear up the infection causing the inflammation and irritation.

    Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using Metrogel.

  • Metrogel Ingredients

    Metrogel contains the active ingredient: Each 1 gram contains 7.5mg of metronidazole.

    Metrogel contains the inactive ingredients: phosphoric acid, hydroxybenzoic acid esters, bronopol, hydroxyethyl cellulose, propylene glycol.

    Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using Metrogel.

  • Metrogel side effects

    Metrogel may cause some people to experience side effects although not everyone experiences them in the same way.

    The most common side effects are mild and will improve once you stop using the gel. If they do not improve or you are concerned you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    The most commonly reported side effects include:

    • Dry, itchy skin
    • Reddening of the skin
    • Burning, pain, stinging of the skin
    • Worsening of rosacea

    Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using Metrogel.

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