Rozex 0.75% Gel

Rozex 0.75% Gel (40g)

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Description for Rozex 0.75% Gel

Rozex 0.75% Gel contains the antibiotic, metronidazole. It is available to purchase from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor to treat rosacea following a free online consultation. It is applied to the affected areas twice daily and helps to kill the bacteria that cause rosacea and clear up your condition over a number of months. Buy Rosex Gel today for fast, discreet rosacea treatment from The Independent Pharmacy.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 4

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

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.

Need to know more about Rosacea?

Visit our advice area or chat online to our support team

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Rozex?

    Rozex is a gel containing the antibiotic and antiprotozoal medicine, metronidazole. It is used to treat pustules and pimples (and the redness & inflammation associated with them) found on the face in mild to moderate rosacea. It is not related to penicillin and can be used with penicillin allergies.

  • How does Rozex work?

    Metronidazole, the active ingredient in Rozex gel, interferes with DNA inside bacterial and protozoan cells and prevents new DNA from being formed. This kills existing becteria and stops bacteria from being formed. This helps to treat the infection and reduce rosacea symptoms.

  • How do I apply Rozex?

    1. Wash and dry your face first.
    2. Using a clean finger, apply a thin layer of Rozex gel evenly over the affected area twice daily.
    3. Avoid applying the gel to wet skin as it may run in to eyes or mouth.
    4. Rozex is not to be used anyone under the age of 18.
    5. Avoid getting gel in the eyes, mouth or nostrils and wash with plenty of water if this occurs.
    6. Rozex gel becomes ineffective when exposed to strong sunlight or sun lamps. Use a high factor sun cream when exposed to strong UV light to ensure Rozex remains effective.
    7. Apply any cosmetics or make up after the gel has been absorbed and dried.
  • What’s the difference between Rozex and other Rosacea treatments?

    Rozex Gel is used to treat mild to moderate skin eruptions in rosacea and the inflammation that is associated with it. It is used twice a day and needs to be used continuously for several weeks for an improvement to be seen. Side effects are moderate as it is applied locally and little is absorbed into the bloodstream.

    Mirvaso Gel is used to reduce the redness on the face that occurs in rosacea. It is applied daily to the affected areas and continues to work for as long as it is used. The most common side effect of Mirvaso gel is worsening redness at the start of treatment.

    Skinoren Cream is also used for the same symptoms, applied twice a day and can take several weeks for the results to be seen. However the effects of Skinoren may be slightly better compared to Rozex, however it has a higher chance of side effects.

    Erythromycin is an oral antibiotic used to treat the same symptoms as Skinoren and Rozex. However it are used when the condition is severe or unresponsive to the creams and gels. The effect is usually seen after a 4 - 6 weeks if taken continuously. They cannot be taken at the same time as foods or medicines that contain metal ions. Calcium in milk and iron in indigestion remedies are good examples that combine with these antibiotics and make them inabsorbable.

  • Is it safe to use Rozex continuously?

    Rozex needs to be used continuously for a least a few weeks for the positive effects to be seen. If you miss an application, apply it when you next remember unless it is time for the next dose. Under these circumstances omit the missed dose. Do not apply Rozex more than twice a day or a double dose if you have forgotten to use it.

  • What are the side effects of Rozex?

    As Rozex is applied topically and only a small amount enters the circulation, side effects tend to be limited to where it is applied. Dryness, itching, a burning sensation and possibly worsening of rosacea symptoms are the most common side effects that affect up to 10% of patients.

    We are all different and how we react to medication varies form one person to another. Although the side effects of medication can be daunting, not everybody will suffer with them.

  • How long will it take for Rozex work?

    Rozex gel is applied directly where it is needed but it can take a few weeks of continuous use before the positive effects are seen.

  • Can I use Rozex and wear make up?

    Apply the Rozex first and allow it to absorb and dry before applying make up and other cosmetics.

  • Is there anyone who should not use Rozex gel?

    Although unlikely, patients who are on blood thinning medication should not use Rozex because of the small chance it may interfere with the blood clotting action of your medicaitom.

    Patients who suffer from other blood disorders are also advised not use Rozex.

  • Can I use Rozex with other medication?

    The chance of interaction of Rozex with other medicines is low because very little of it is absorbed in to the blood stream.

    Alcohol taken whilst being treated with metronidazole tablets can cause nausea and vomiting, however is unlikely with the topical gel. Even though the chances of this reaction happening with the gel are small, the manufacturer still advises that patients still avoid alcohol whilst using Rozex gel.

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