MetroLotion Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
MetroLotion (metronidazole lotion) is used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea. It is a topical (for the skin) antibiotic. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include stinging, burning, skin irritation, dryness, redness, metallic taste, nausea, or headache.
The recommended dose of MetroLotion is to apply a thin layer to entire affected areas after washing. Use morning and evening or as directed by physician. Avoid application close to the eyes. MetroLotion may interact with blood thinners. It is not likely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied MetroLotion. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. MetroLotion should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our MetroLotion (metronidazole lotion) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
MetroLotion in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor if you have severe stinging or burning when you apply metronidazole topical.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild burning or stinging when the medication is applied;
- numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet;
- cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, cold symptoms;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- dry, scaly, or itchy skin;
- nausea; or
- metallic taste in your mouth.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
MetroLotion Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have this unlikely but serious side effect: tingling or numbness of the hands and feet.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
MetroLotion FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In a controlled clinical trial, safety data from 141 patients who used MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion (n=71), or the lotion vehicle (n=70), twice daily and experienced a local cutaneous adverse event which may or may not have been related to the treatments include: local allergic reaction, MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 2 (3%), lotion vehicle 0; contact dermatitis, MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 2 (3%), lotion vehicle 1 (1%); pruritus, MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 1 (1%), lotion vehicle 0; skin discomfort (burning and stinging), MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 1 (1%), lotion vehicle 2 (3%); erythema, MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 4 (6%), lotion vehicle 0; dry skin, MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 0, lotion vehicle 1 (1%); and worsening of rosacea, MetroLotion® (metronidazole lotion) Topical Lotion 1 (1%), lotion vehicle 7 (10%). The following additional adverse experiences have been reported with the topical use of metronidazole: skin irritation, transient redness, metallic taste, tingling or numbness of extremities, and nausea.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for MetroLotion (Metronidazole Lotion) »
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