Rozex 0.75% Gel is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help to treat rosacea. To find out more about rosacea and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Rosacea page.
Rozex Gel contains the active ingredient Metronidazole in a strength of 0.75%. It is mainly used to treat the condition Rosacea. Rozex Gel is classified as a prescription-only-medicine (POM) and is manufactured by Galderma. The 40g tube of gel is accompanied by a comprehensive patient information leaflet (PIL).
Rozex Gel is applied topically to the skin to treat the condition Rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic condition caused by inflammation. This usually occurs on the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin and eyelids. It can result in acne-like outbreaks or increased redness in these areas of the face. Rozex Gel is believed to reduce this inflammation and redness by controlling any infection present on the skin, thus reducing skin irritation.
Once you start using Rozex Gel, it will usually take two to three months for the skin to become clear from spots. Even if the results are not immediate it is recommended to persevere with the prescribed treatment. It isn’t usually recommended to use Rozex Gel for longer than a four month period unless otherwise advised to by your doctor.
Metronidazole (the active ingredient in Rozex) belongs to a group of medicines called nitroimidazole antibiotics. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other micro-organisms called protozoa. It effectively eliminates these micro-organisms by damaging their genetic material (DNA). This means the bacteria and protozoa are unable to produce any new genetic material, making them unable to multiply.
How to apply Rozex Gel
- First, wash and dry the affected areas of your skin.
- Apply a thin layer of the gel to all the affected areas. Rub the gel well in.
- Always replace the cap and wash your hands after use.
- Rozex gel should be used in this way twice a day, morning and evening.
Rozex gel should be used for three to four months to help clear up rosacea. If your rosacea has not fully cleared up in this time, another three to four-month treatment can be undertaken.
You should always use Rozex gel for a minimum of three months to ensure you see the full effect.
Like al medicines, Rozex can cause side effects which are most likely to occur at the start of treatment. Most side effects last for less than a week and are mild. If you require any further advice please refer to your Patient Information Leaflet or contact one of our medical team.
Common side effects of Rozex Gel can include:
- dry skin
- redness of the skin (erythema)
- itching of the skin (pruritus)
- skin discomfort (burning, pain of skin / stinging)
- skin irritation
- worsening of rosacea
If you experience side effects when using Rozex Gel, you may wish to decrease the frequency of application to once daily initially for around seven days then build up to twice daily application. For further information on Rozex gel and it's side effects see the Patient Information Leaflet contained within your medicine.
Do not use Rozex
If you are allergic to metronidazole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. An allergic reaction may include a rash or itching.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Rozex.
- Do not get the cream in your eyes. If you do, rinse thoroughly with large amounts of warm water or eye wash.
- If you suffer from any blood disorders do not use Rozex unless your doctor says you can.
- This product should not be used in children.
- Do not go out into strong sunlight (including sun-bathing) and avoid exposure to ultra-violet light (eg solariums, sun-lamps) while you are using this product.
- Avoid prolonged and unnecessary use of this medicine.
Other medicines and Rozex
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Using Rozex could interfere with drugs used to reduce blood clotting (anticoagulants) such as warfarin and dicoumarin.
Contact your doctor for advice if you are taking medicines to reduce blood clotting, or if you suffer from any other blood disorders.
Rozex with alcohol
Metronidazole taken by mouth can react with alcohol. This reaction is unlikely with Rozex Cream because it is only applied on the skin. However, you are advised not to drink alcohol while you are using Rozex Cream.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it may not be advisable to use this product, unless your doctor considers it essential. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Rozex Cream contains cetostearyl alcohol
Cetostearyl alcohol may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
Rozex contains 0.75% w/w of the active substance Metronidazole.
The other ingredients are Carbomer 940, Disodium Edetate, Methyl Parahydroxybenzoate, Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide and Purified Water.