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Adults who have a skin condition called rosacea may receive a prescription medication called MetroCream. This medicine is specifically approved to treat the bumps and pimples caused by rosacea, and may also help with redness and dryness. MetroCream is not approved for use in children or adolescents younger than 18 years old.

What Is MetroCream Used For?

MetroCream® (metronidazole cream) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of rosacea. Specifically, it is approved to treat the bumps and pimples caused by this condition. It may also help with redness or dryness, although it is not approved for treating these aspects of rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. Characteristics of the condition include redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Although rosacea usually affects the face, it can also affect parts of the upper body.
Rosacea treatment may involve good skin care (see Rosacea Skin Care), medications (either applied directly to the skin, like MetroCream, or taken by mouth), and other treatments like laser surgery. MetroCream is most useful for people who have bumps and blemishes associated with rosacea.
Even for people taking rosacea medications, it is important to try to avoid triggers, such as alcohol, hot beverages, or spicy foods.

How Does It Work?

At this time, it is not yet known how MetroCream works for treating rosacea. The active ingredient (metronidazole) is an antibiotic. Metronidazole may have some immune-suppressing and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with rosacea as well.

Is It Safe for Children to Use MetroCream?

MetroCream is not approved for children or adolescents, as it has not been adequately studied in people younger than 18 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.

MetroCream Medication Information

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