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Generic Name: metronidazole topical (MET roe NYE da zole)
Brand Name: MetroCream, MetroGel, MetroGel Pump, MetroLotion, Noritate, Rosadan
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Drug Information:
Metronidazole is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. MetroLotion (for the skin) is used to treat skin lesions caused by rosacea. MetroLotion may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. You should not use MetroLotion if you are allergic to it. To make sure MetroLotion is safe for you, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and allergies. Learn more

Metrolotion Side Effects

MetroLotion Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about metronidazole topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name MetroLotion.

For the Consumer

Applies to metronidazole topical: topical cream, topical gel/jelly, topical lotion

Other dosage forms:

  • vaginal gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, metronidazole topical (the active ingredient contained in MetroLotion) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Some side effects of metronidazole topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Dry skin
  • redness or other signs of skin irritation not present before use of this medicine
  • stinging or burning of the skin
  • watering of eyes


  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • nausea
  • tingling or numbness of arms, legs, hands, or feet

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to metronidazole topical: topical cream, topical gel, topical kit, topical lotion, vaginal gel with applicator


Topical: The most frequently reported side effects were nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, and headache.

Vaginal: The most frequently reported side effects were fungal infection, vulvovaginal candidiasis, headache, vulvovaginal pruritus, nausea, diarrhea, metrorrhagia, breast pain, infection, rash, pharyngitis, abdominal pain, pruritus, and dysmenorrhea.


Very common (10% or more): Mild dryness (17.1%), mild scaling (16.2%)

Common (1% to 10%): Moderate dryness, moderate scaling, mild pruritus, moderate pruritus, severe pruritus, mild stinging/burning, moderate stinging/burning, severe stinging/burning, local allergic reaction

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Severe dryness, severe scaling

Frequency not reported: Application site reaction, condition aggravated, transient redness


Common (1% to 10%): Dysmenorrhea, breast pain, metrorrhagia, vulvovaginal candidiasis, vulvovaginal pruritus, urinary tract infection, vaginal itching/irritation/burning/numbness, pelvic discomfort, vaginal discharge

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vaginal mycosis, urine discolored, vulva edema, menstrual discomfort/irregularities, vaginal spotting/bleeding

Frequency not reported: Breast enlargement, dysuria, female lactation, labial edema, leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, salpingitis, urinary frequency, vaginitis, vulvovaginal disorder


Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, gastritis, tooth disorder, gastrointestinal discomfort, abdominal cramps, vomiting

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Constipation, dry mouth, abdominal bloating/noise

Frequency not reported: Dyspepsia, flatulence, gingivitis

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tingling/numb extremities, taste metallic, dysgeusia, paresthesia, hypothesia

Frequency not reported: Peripheral neuropathy, ataxia

Postmarketing reports: Taste perversion


Common (1% to 10%): Pharyngitis, bronchitis, nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection, nasal congestion

Frequency not reported: Asthma, rhinitis


Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension


Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, rash, contact dermatitis, dry skin, skin discomfort, burning/stinging, erythema, worsening of rosacea, skin irritation

Frequency not reported: Acne, sweating, urticaria, skin exfoliation, facial edema, zoster lesion, nose pustule, vesicular bullous eruption

Postmarketing reports: Hyperpigmentation, pigmentation disorder, hypertrichosis


Very common (10% or more): Fungal infection (12%), flu syndrome (up to 11%)

Common (1% to 10%): Infection, influenza, abscess, pain

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Fatigue

Frequency not reported: Mucous membrane disorder


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Depression, difficult sleep, irritability

Frequency not reported: Insomnia


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Back pain, cramp


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Basal cell carcinoma

Frequency not reported: Skin cancer


Frequency not reported: Eye irritation, watery eye

Postmarketing reports: Eyelid edema


Frequency not reported: Liver function test abnormal


Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction


Common (1% to 10%): Appetite decreased

Frequency not reported: Anorexia, hypomagnesemia


Frequency not reported: Pyelonephritis

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Metrolotion