Name: Noritate

Dosing & Uses

Dosage Forms & Strengths

topical gel

  • 1% (MetroGel)

topical cream

  • 0.75% (MetroCream)
  • 1% (Noritate)

topical lotion

  • 0.75% (MetroLotion)


Indicated for the topical treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea

1%: Apply topically qDay to affected area(s)

0.75%: Apply topically BID to affected area(s)


Cleanse treated areas prior to application

Apply thin film and rub into skin

Cosmetics may be applied ≥5 minutes after application

Safety and efficacy not established

Patient information

No separate information available at present.

However, please refer to WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS.




What is the most important information i should know about metronidazole topical (metrocream, metrogel, metrolotion, noritate)?

Do not use metronidazole topical if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

Before using metronidazole topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have a blood cell disorder such as anemia or decreased white blood cells.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Metronidazole topical is for use only on the skin. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse thoroughly with cool water. Do not use topical metronidazole in the vagina.

Call your doctor if you have severe stinging or burning when you apply metronidazole topical.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before any infection is completely treated. Do not use metronidazole topical to treat any other skin infection your doctor has not prescribed it for.

What happens if i miss a dose (metrocream, metrogel, metrolotion, noritate)?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Where can i get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about metronidazole topical.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Noritate Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of metronidazole, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Noritate and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Metronidazole falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with metronidazole. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Noritate Usage

Take or use metronidazole exactly as prescribed. Do not drink alcohol while taking or using any form of metronidazole. Alcohol can cause upset stomach, vomiting, stomach cramps, headaches, sweating, and flushing when used at the same time as metronidazole.

Oral forms:

Metronidazole comes in tablet and capsule forms and is taken two or three times a day. Take metronidazole with food to minimize stomach upset.  Do not chew, divide, or break extended release metronidazole tablets. Swallow metronidazole tablets whole.

Topical forms:

Metronidazole comes in gel, cream, and lotion forms and is applied to the skin one or two times a day. The affected skin should be washed with mild soap 15-20 minutes before applying metronidazole. The gel, cream, or lotion should be applied in a thin layer and gently rubbed into the skin. Moisturizers and cosmetics may be applied once the gel, cream, or lotion has dried.

Topical metronidazole may increase sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight. Wear protective clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Injectable forms:

Metronidazole is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of metronidazole at the same time.

Noritate Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age

Oral forms:

The recommended dose of metronidazole for the treatment of trichomoniasis is 375 mg two times a day.

The recommended dose of metronidazole for the treatment of amebiasis in adults is 750 mg three times a day.

Topical forms:

The recommended dose of metronidazole for the treatment of rosacea is two applications daily, usually in the morning and evening.

Injectable forms:

The recommended dose range of metronidazole for the treatment of amebiasis in children is 35 to 50 mg/kg every day, divided into three doses.

The recommended dose of metronidazole for the treatment of anaerobic bacterial infections is 7.5 mg/kg every 6 hours. A maximum of 4 grams should not be exceeded within a 24-hour period.