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MetroGel vs. Noritate

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Are MetroGel and Noritate the Same Thing?

MetroGel (metronidazole) and Noritate (metronidazole) are different brand names for the same topical (for the skin) antibiotic used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea.

Side effects of MetroGel and Noritate are similar and include application site reactions (skin stinging, burning, irritation, dryness, redness, scaling), metallic taste in the mouth, nausea, headache, numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet, cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, cold symptoms, or vaginal itching or discharge.

Both MetroGel and Noritate may interact with blood thinners.

What Are Possible Side Effects of MetroGel?

Common side effects of MetroGel include:

  • skin stinging/burning/irritation/dryness/ redness/scaling/itching,
  • metallic taste,
  • nausea,
  • headache,
  • numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet,
  • cough,
  • stuffy nose,
  • sore throat,
  • cold symptoms, or
  • vaginal itching or discharge.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Noritate?

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

What Is MetroGel?

MetroGel (metronidazole) Topical gel is a topical (for the skin) antibiotic used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea. MetroGel is available in generic form.

What Is Noritate?

Noritate (metronidazole) is a topical (for the skin) antibiotic used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea.

What Drugs Interact With MetroGel?

Metrogel may interact with blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin). It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Metrogel. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Metrogel should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. Metrogel passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Noritate?

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.

How Should MetroGel Be Taken?

Apply and rub in a thin film dose of Metrogel once daily to affected area(s).

How Should Noritate Be Taken?

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).

Reviewed on 3/13/2019

References:
DailyMed. MetroGel Product Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=ab3a8a2d-714a-4beb-af8a-99bc3ac3ebbe
DailyMed. Noritate Product Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=706b09da-6cf9-421d-8e91-f3999474d322

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