Rozex cream and gel both contain the active ingredient metronidazole, which is a type of medicine called an antibiotic. Metronidazole is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other micro-organisms called protozoa.
Metronidazole works by entering bacterial and protozoal cells and interfering with their genetic material (DNA). It damages the DNA and also prevents the bacteria and protozoa from forming new DNA. This ultimately results in metronidazole killing the micro-organisms, which clears up the infection.
Metronidazole kills a wide variety of bacteria that are known collectively as anaerobic bacteria. This means that they do not need oxygen to grow and multiply.
Metronidazole is applied to the skin to treat a chronic inflammatory condition called acne rosacea. In this condition there is long-term inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and/or eyelids, with increased redness or acne-like eruptions in these areas of the face. The metronidazole helps control any infection and inflammation.
What is it used for?
Chronic skin disorder called rosacea, where the nose and cheeks are abnormally inflamed and red
This medicine is for external use only.
Avoid contact with the eyes. If you accidentally get the gel in your eyes, rinse with plenty of water.
Avoid exposing treated areas of skin to strong sunlight or UV light.
If your skin becomes irritated while using the gel you should use the gel less frequently or stop using it for a while. If irritation persists, consult your doctor.
Not to be used in
Allergy to any ingredient.
This medicine is not recommended for children.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
The safety of this medicine during pregnancy has not been fully established. It should not be used during pregnancy unless considered essential by your doctor. Consult your doctor for further advice.
When metronidazole is taken by mouth it passes into breast milk. Even though when this medicine is applied to the skin it is absorbed into the bloodstream only in very low amounts, it should not be used by breastfeeding mothers unless considered essential by your doctor. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Follow the printed instructions you have been given with this medication.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Skin discomfort (burning or stinging)
Worsening of rosacea
Tingling or numbness of the extremities
Watery eyes if applied too closely to the eyes
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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