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Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.



COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Metrocream, Metrogel, Metrolotion, Noritate, Rozex


This medication is used topically to treat inflammation due to certain skin infections (e.g., rosacea).

How To Use

Clean and dry the affected area before applying the medication. To apply, gently rub a small thin film of the medication to the affected area and surrounding skin as directed. It may take about three weeks before any improvement is seen and up to nine weeks for full benefit. If no improvement is seen after three weeks, consult your doctor. Avoid using this medication around the eye area.

Side Effects

This medication may cause burning, stinging or redness when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikelybut serious side effects: tingling or numbness of the hands and feet. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history especially of: blood disorders (blood dyscrasia). This medication should be used cautiously during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Inform your doctor of all the medicines (both prescription and nonprescription) you use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


This medication is prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it for another infection or share it with someone else. Another infection later on may require a different medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C) away from sunlight.