Noritate Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Noritate (metronidazole) is a topical (for the skin) antibiotic used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea. Common side effects of Noritate include stinging or burning when the medication is applied, skin irritation/dryness/redness, metallic taste in the mouth, nausea, headache, numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet, cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, cold symptoms, vaginal itching or discharge, or scaly or itchy skin.
Areas to be treated should be cleansed before application. Apply and rub in a thin film dose of Noritate once daily to entire affected area(s). Noritate may interact with blood thinners such as warfarin. It is not likely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Noritate. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Noritate should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Noritate (metronidazole) 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.
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Noritate 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.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Noritate (Metronidazole)
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Noritate 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.
Read the entire patient information overview for Noritate (Metronidazole)
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Noritate FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Safety data from 302 patients who used NORITATE (metronidazole) (n=200) or vehicle control (n=102) once daily in clinical trials and experienced an adverse event considered to be treatment-related include: application site reaction (NORITATE (metronidazole) 1, vehicle 1), condition aggravated (NORITATE (metronidazole) 1, vehicle 0), paresthesia (NORITATE (metronidazole) 0, vehicle 1), acne (NORITATE (metronidazole) 1, vehicle 0), dry skin (NORITATE (metronidazole) 0, vehicle 2). The majority of adverse reactions were mild to moderate in severity.
Two patients treated with NORITATE (metronidazole) once daily discontinued treatment because of adverse events: one for a severe flare of comedonal acne and one for rosacea aggravated.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Noritate (Metronidazole)
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