MetroCream Warnings and Precautions
If your healthcare provider has recommended MetroCream for rosacea treatment, make sure he or she knows if you have any allergies or have a history of low blood cell counts. It is also important to review precautions for safely using MetroCream, as there are specific warnings for avoiding certain medications and discussing potential risks before using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using MetroCream® (metronidazole cream) if you:
- Have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Have ever had low blood cell counts
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With MetroCreamSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this rosacea medicine include the following:
- MetroCream is for skin use only. Do not swallow it, and make sure to keep it out of the eyes. This skin cream is not intended for vaginal use; a different product called MetroGel-Vaginal® is approved for this purpose.
- Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have a history of low blood counts, such as low white blood cells, low platelets, or anemia. Although it is probably quite unlikely, it is possible that MetroCream could make these problems worse.
- MetroCream may react with a few other medications (see MetroCream Drug Interactions).
- The active ingredient in MetroCream passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before using this product (see MetroCream and Breastfeeding).
- MetroCream is a pregnancy Category B medication, which means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see MetroCream and Pregnancy for more information).