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Rozex (Cream and Gel)

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What is Rozex used for?

Rozex is a topical antibiotic treatment, available as a cream or gel, used to treat a skin condition called rosacea. The skin condition is characterised by redness, inflammation, spots and pustules.

The active ingredient in Rozex is metronidazole, which is an antibiotic. It works by fighting the bacteria which causes rosacea, and helps to clear the symptoms over time.

You can buy Rozex online from Prescription Doctor’s UK registered pharmacy following a quick online medical consultation. If our doctor approves your order before 3pm, our pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your item straight to your door via a discreet, next-day delivery.


What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition which causes rash, redness and inflammation on different areas of skin on the face. The rash may cause irritation which may lead to a stinging or burning sensation.

According to the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), rosacea is more common in women, though may present more severe symptoms in men. While rosacea is more likely to affect people between the ages of 40 and 60 with fair skin, it can develop at any age on any skin type.

Rosacea may affect people differently, depending on the specific type. Some people may experience a rash on the cheeks while others may experience acne-like breakouts on the chin. The 4 main types of rosacea are:

  • 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.

What causes Rosacea?

Rosacea flare-ups may be caused by any number of factors or triggers, though it is not caused by poor hygiene, according to the NHS.

Once a trigger is known, it can be avoided to prevent a flare-up from happening in the future.

Some triggers of rosacea may include:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cheese
  • Hot drinks
  • Intense exercise
  • Spicy foods
  • Stress
  • Weather changes

Untreated rosacea may become severe, causing complications such as eye infections (conjunctivitis) and nasal disfigurement (rhinophyma).

If your symptoms are getting worse, you should speak to your doctor and discuss possible causes of your flare-ups and treatment options. There are a number of treatments available for rosacea, allowing you to find the one that works for you.

Is there a cure for rosacea?

There is currently no cure for the condition, but there are a number of treatments you can buy online, such as Rozex, which have been proven to reduce the symptoms of rosacea.

It is possible to manage rosacea without medicine by:

  • switching skincare products to the ones designed for sensitive skin
  • avoiding make-up
  • adjusting your diet to consume fewer foods which might trigger your rosacea.

How to use Rozex cream or gel

Rozex should be applied twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - on the affected areas. Always follow the instructions of the doctor for your treatment.

Before applying Rozex, wash the affected area with warm water and a mild soap. Pat dry before applying the treatment.

Gently massage a small amount of Rozex onto the affected area, covering the area with a thin layer of the treatment.

Wash your hands after every application.

Take care when applying the cream around the eyes. If you get Rozex in your eyes, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water.

If you experience stinging, swelling or visual disturbances long after rinsing the treatment from your eyes, seek emergency medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department.

What should I do if I forget to use Rozex when I should?

If you forget to use Rozex when you should, use it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next application, in which case you should skip the missed dose and continue to use Rozex as you normally would. Do not use more Rozex to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I apply more Rozex than I should?

If you accidentally apply more Rozex cream or gel than you should, simply wipe away the excess with a clean tissue, discarding it safely. Using more Rozex will not clear up rosacea any faster but may increase your risk of experiencing side effects.

How long does Rozex take to work?

Rosacea responds slowly to antibiotics, so it can take up to 3 to 4 months of treatment with Rozex, for effective results.

It’s important to take antibiotics as prescribed. Stopping antibiotic treatment early can cause infections to come back, or make the condition harder to treat.


Rozex side effects and cautions

All medicines pose the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. It’s important to familiarise yourself with the patient information leaflet (PIL) enclosed with your treatment, which includes the full list of side effects, cautions and ingredients of your medicine.

View the Patient Information Leaflet for Rozex Cream (PDF)

View the Patient Information Leaflet for Rozex Gel (PDF)

Common side effects of using Rozex include:

  • Dry skin
  • Redness of the skin
  • Skin discomfort
  • Skin irritation
  • Worsening of rosacea

Uncommon side effects of using Rozex include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
  • Metallic taste
  • Nausea

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, inform your doctor for advice or call the NHS 111 service.

If you experience irritation or stinging at the site of application, reduce the amount of the treatment you use or stop the treatment for a few days. Seek immediate medical advice if irritation persists.

Rozex is for external use on the face only. 

Do not ingest (swallow) the treatment.

Allergic reaction

Do not use Rozex if you are allergic to metronidazole or any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction after using Rozex, stop using the medicine and inform your doctor. For severe allergic reactions, such as suspected anaphylaxis, seek emergency medical attention by going straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors treating you know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction may include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Other safety information

Always seek your doctor’s advice before you buy Rozex online from Prescription Doctor.

Please inform our doctors of all other medicines you are currently taking. Include medicines prescribed by your doctor, bought over the counter from a pharmacy, as well as herbal supplements.

Do not use Rozex past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away your medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medication to your local pharmacy to be disposed safely on your behalf.

Always store medicine out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they have the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition as you.


Frequently asked questions

Can I use Rozex while pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before taking Rozex as it may not be suitable.

Will using Rozex affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Rozex should not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you feel dizzy or experience visual disturbances after using Rozex, avoid such activities until it is safe for you to do so.

Will using Rozex affect my contraceptive pill?

If you are taking an oral contraceptive pill, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Rozex. Rozex is not known to interfere with contraceptive pills.

Can I drink alcohol while using Rozex cream or gel?

While it’s unlikely that topical metronidazole will react with alcohol, it is advised not to drink alcohol while using Rozex cream or gel.

Can I use make-up with Rozex?

Yes, you can use make-up while using this topical treatment.

If you have rosacea, you may want to use cosmetic products which do not worsen your symptoms. Look for products intended for sensitive skin.

Can I shave while using Rozex?

There are no indications that using Rozex will impact your ability to shave. 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 conventional razors to reduce the level of irritation on the skin.

You should 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.

Is it safe to buy Rozex online?

You can safely buy Rozex online from Prescription Doctor’s UK registered pharmacy. All products listed on our website are approved by the MHRA (UK regulatory body).

When you order Rozex through our online UK prescription service, we put you in touch with a qualified doctor who ensures that the treatment is safe for you.


Treatment information

  • Product Name: Rozex
  • Active Ingredient(s): Metronidazole (7.5 mg)
  • Manufacturer: Galderma
  • Presentation: Topical cream or gel
  • Available Quantity: 30g, 40g, 50g tubes
  • Exemption: Prescription only medication
  • Application: Men and women aged 18 and over
  • Dosage: Apply to affected area twice a day
  • Description: Topical gel or cream to treat rosacea
  • Drug Class: Antiprotozoal
  • Alcohol Consumption: Do not consume alcohol
  • When Pregnant: Tell our prescriber if you are pregnant or intend on becoming pregnant
  • When Breastfeeding: Tell our prescriber if you are breastfeeding
Click here to view the Rozex (Cream and Gel) - Patient Information Leaflet

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