metronidazole cream, Noritate, Metrocream

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GENERIC NAME: metronidazole cream

BRAND NAME: Noritate, Metrocream

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Metronidazole cream is a topical preparation (applied to the skin) of the antibiotic metronidazole. It is used for reducing the swelling and redness caused by acne rosacea. The mechanism through which metronidazole cream reduces the symptoms of acne rosacea is not known. The FDA approved metronidazole cream in September 1997.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Metronidazole cream is used for the topical treatment of swelling and redness caused by acne rosacea. Metronidazole cream also reduces the number of acne rosacea lesions.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects are rare and minor. These include:

  • irritation,
  • skin dryness,
  • scaling, and
  • itching at the site of application.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/2/2015

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