metronidazole cream, Noritate, Metrocream

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What is metronidazole cream, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

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.

What brand names are available for metronidazole cream?

Noritate, Metrocream

Is metronidazole cream available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for metronidazole cream?

Yes

What are the side effects of metronidazole cream?

Side effects are rare and minor. These include:

  • irritation,
  • skin dryness,
  • scaling, and
  • itching at the site of application.

Individuals that are allergic to metronidazole should not use metronidazole cream.

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