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Metrogel Warnings and Precautions

Before using Metrogel for treating rosacea, let your healthcare provider know if you have a history of low blood cell counts, any allergies, or if you are taking any other medications. Safety precautions with Metrogel use also include warnings of a potential risk for nerve problems or skin reactions. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare provider before using this medicine.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Metrogel® (metronidazole gel) if you:
  • Have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Have a history of 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 Metrogel

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this rosacea medicine include the following:
  • Metrogel is for skin use only. Do not swallow it, and make sure to keep it out of the eyes. This skin gel is not intended for vaginal use; a different product called Metrogel-Vaginal® is approved for vaginal use.
  • In rare cases, some people may develop peripheral neuropathy due to Metrogel. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any signs of this problem, such as burning, tingling, or pricking in the extremities (the hands, lower legs, and feet).
  • 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 Metrogel could make these problems worse.
  • Some people experience contact dermatitis (a skin reaction) with this medicine. If your rosacea is not improving and seems to be getting worse, let your healthcare provider know.
  • The active ingredient in Metrogel passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before using this skin gel (see Metrogel and Breastfeeding).
  • Metrogel 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 Metrogel and Pregnancy for more information).

Metrogel Drug Information

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