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Extensive clinical studies have shown that the most commonly reported side effects of Metrogel include dryness, skin scaling, and itching. Other possible reactions, occurring in at least 1 percent of people using the drug, include headaches, irritation, and the flu. Although most side effects do not require medical treatment, notify your healthcare provider immediately if you experience severe skin reactions, eye irritation, or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Metrogel Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Metrogel® (metronidazole gel) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Metrogel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Metrogel

Metrogel has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the drug were carefully documented and compared to those that occurred in a group of people who were given a gel that did not contain any active ingredients (a placebo gel).
 
In these studies, the most common Metrogel side effects included:
 
  • Dryness -- in up to 25.4 percent of people
  • Skin scaling -- up to 24.6 percent
  • Itching -- up to 15.8 percent
  • Stinging or burning -- up to 10.3 percent.
 
Other common reactions, occurring in 1 percent to 2.5 percent of people, included:
 
 
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