Metrogel is a topical gel which contains an antibiotic to fight the bacterial infection which causes rosacea.
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Metrogel is a topical rosacea treatment which contains an antibiotic to fight the bacteria which causes rosacea.
The gel contains metronidazole, an antibiotic which treats the bacterial infection within the pores of the skin to reduce the inflammation, rash and appearance of spots. It works by inhibiting the bacteria's mechanism to duplicate and spread. In turn, the bacteria dies and, subsequently, the symptoms they cause become less apparent.
Rosacea is a skin condition which causes redness and inflammation on various areas of the face, such as the cheeks and nose. The rash may cause irritation such as a stinging or burning sensation.
It can be difficult to determine what triggers rosacea to flare up in some people, as any number of factors could be to blame. Once a trigger is known, it can be avoided to prevent a flare up from happening in the future.
There are 4 main types of rosacea.
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterised by flushing, redness of the skin and blood vessels becoming visible.
Papulopustular rosacea causes breakouts similar to acne. Skin often appears red and swollen.
Phymatous rosacea thickens the skin and causes it to have a bumpy texture.
Ocular rosacea affects the skin around the eyes. Eyelids appear swollen and may cause a sty-like lump. Eyes can also be red and irritated.
There is currently no cure for the condition, but there are a number of treatments which have been proven to reduce the signs and symptoms of rosacea.
Metrogel should be applied twice daily to the affected areas of the skin. Apply treatment once in the morning and once in the evening for best results.
Before applying Metrogel, thoroughly wash the affected area with warm water and a mild soap. Ensure the area of application is dried beforehand.
Apply a thin layer of the gel to the affected areas and gently rub into the skin, being careful not to get any of the treatment in your eyes.
Always replace the cap and wash your hands after use.
If you get any of the gel in your eyes, rinse your eyes with warm water. If prolonged irritation occurs after rinsing your eyes, seek immediate medical advice.
If you forget to use the gel, use it as soon as you remember and take it regularly thereafter. Do not compensate a missed dose by using more gel than normal.
Applying more gel than prescribed will not clear your rosacea quicker and may exacerbate symptoms or increase your risk of side effects.
All medications carry the risk of side effects. Educating yourself on the possible risks associated with your treatment is imperative to your safety. Always read the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medication before administering your first dose.
Common side effects include:
Uncommon side effects include:
If you experience any side effects, contact your doctor or pharmacy immediately.
Metrogel may interact with other medications, such as anticoagulants, and can react adversely when alcohol is consumed. Therefore, it is vital to inform our prescribers of other medication you are taking before the treatment can be provided. Avoid alcohol while using this treatment to reduce the risk of experiencing side effects or causing your symptoms to worsen.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, this treatment may not be suitable to use Metrogel. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Metrogel.
Yes, you can use make-up while taking this topical treatment.
If you have rosacea, you may want to use cosmetic products which do not exacerbate your symptoms. Look for products intended for sensitive skin.
For men, shaving can pose a significant threat to their rosacea, potentially worsening their symptoms.
It may be more suitable for men to use electric razors instead of normal razors to reduce the level of irritation on the skin.
You may also avoid shaving creams, lotions and aftershave products which may irritate your skin. Instead, use shaving products which are suitable for sensitive skin types and use a moisturiser or balm after shaving to soothe the skin.
No, this product should not impact your ability to drive.
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