Metronidazole - topical/cutaneous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Metronidazole is used to treat bacterial skin infections and inflammation.

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Metronidazole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as a cream, gel or lotion.

Follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
  3. Apply and rub Metronidazole gently on the skin until it forms a thin film. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
Avoid any contact of this medicine with your eyes. If an accidental contact occurs, rinse it immediately with water. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.

Use this medicine at regular intervals. Complete the entire course of medicine.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Metronidazole or any similar medicines such as tinidazole.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • brain or spinal cord disease
  • liver disease
  • with or a history of blood disorder
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Metronidazole may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) lamps like tanning beds.
What side effects could I experience?
Metronidazole may cause any of the following side effects: redness, dryness, itching or irritation of the skin, and skin discomfort such as stinging or burning sensation.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, tingling of the fingers and toes, and a metallic taste in your mouth.

Avoid any contact of this medicine in or near your eyes as it may cause tearing or watery eye.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using the medicine and alert your doctor immediately. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • blood-thinning medicine e.g. warfarin
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. lopinavir, tipranavir
Let your doctor know if you are using any other creams, ointments or other medicines on the affected area.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on metronidazole - topical/cutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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