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Rosiced is a topical antibiotic used to remove the bacteria on the skin that contributes to conditions like Rosacea. This cream is one of a number of options with the active ingredient Metronidazole. More information

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Rosiced is the branded name of a common treatment used for the treatment of skin conditions like Rosacea, as well as skin infections. This substance contains the active ingredient Metronidazole, which is a type of antibiotic.

What is Rosiced? 

Rosiced is a topical antibiotic used to remove the bacteria on the skin that contributes to conditions like Rosacea. This cream is one of a number of options with the active ingredient Metronidazole. The active ingredient in Rosiced is an antibiotic, which means that it removes the bacteria on your skin, repairs the upper epidermis and allows for the reduction of inflammatory reactions that cause embarrassment and discomfort for people with Rosacea.  

Metronidazole is also available in pill form for the treatment of various infections. In pill form, Metronidazole can be somewhat more dangerous, as a larger amount of the antibiotic is absorbed into the blood stream, which therefore increases the risk of side effects. In topical form, Metronidazole and Rosiced help to control the symptoms of common skin infections and allergic reactions by reducing inflammation and removing bacteria. 

When is Rosiced used? 

Rosiced is a long-term treatment designed to help patients overcome the common symptoms of Rosacea. For many patients, Rosacea is an embarrassing and upsetting condition that causes painful inflammation, sores, ulcers, and spots on the face. This condition is most likely to occur on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and other areas of the skin. As well as causing bumps, pimples, and exposed blood vessels, Rosacea also causes itching, pain, burning and discomfort.  

Using the active ingredient Metronidazole, Rosiced can counteract some of the reactions that the skin has to certain bacteria although it cannot cure Rosacea entirely. While Rosiced might not be able to get rid of the skin condition, it can control the breakouts and attacks that Rosacea sufferers deal with. Sometimes, this medication can be used to help control other common skin infections.

How do you use Rosiced? 

Rosiced is a topical treatment, which means that it needs to be applied directly to the skin, often at regular intervals each day. Like most long-term treatments, it's often a good idea to apply Rosiced at the same time each day, as this will remind you to use it regularly. Importantly, it's worth reading through the instructions that are provided on the patient leaflet that comes with this medication. The leaflet will tell you how to apply Rosiced appropriately to avoid any unnecessary side effects and improve your chances of a quick result.  

Before applying Rosiced cream to your skin, make sure that the affected area and your hands are thoroughly cleaned and dried. Pat the affected skin dry with a towel rather than scrubbing, as this will reduce your risk of breaking the skin. When the skin is dry, apply a thin layer of Rosiced to the surface, gently massaging it into the affected area. Avoid getting this substance into your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you accidently get Rosiced into any of these areas, rinse them thoroughly with water.  

Follow the instructions given by your doctor on how often to use Rosiced, and make sure that you don't apply more than necessary, as this can increase your chances of side effects. If you miss a dose of Rosiced, just continue with your schedule as normal, you don't need to apply an extra dose to make up for it. If you don't notice any improvement to your symptoms after a period of 8 to 12 weeks, tell your doctor. You should also contact your doctor if your condition appears to be getting worse. 

What dosages are available? 

Rosiced comes in a standard 7.5mg cream tube. Your doctor will advise you on how long you should be using this substance and how much to use with each application. Unless advised otherwise by a healthcare professional, the most common dose for Rosiced is a thin layer applied to the affected area twice a day.  

It's best to apply Rosiced once on a morning when you wake up, and once at night before you go to bed. Although make sure that you allow the cream enough time to soak in before you fall asleep, as you could accidentally wipe it off during the night. This substance is not suitable for children.  

If you need to apply other topical medications when using Rosiced, ask your doctor how long you should wait between using the different substances. It's also worth asking for advice if you plan on using a moisturizer with this medication.  

What are the side effects of Rosiced? 

Most of the time, patients taking Rosiced will not notice any significant side effects. It's less likely to get dangerous symptoms when taking Metronidazole as a topical treatment, as very little of the active antibiotic ingredient is absorbed into the blood stream.  

If you do notice side effects that are relatively mild, then you may be advised to continue using the medication regardless. Some symptoms will pass on their own as your skin adjusts the presence of the new medicine. Do not stop taking Rosiced without your doctor's advice.

Common side effects include: 

  • Stinging or burning at the site of the application 
  • Dry skin or flaking skin 
  • Itching and discomfort 
  • Excess redness or inflammation 
  • Worse symptoms of Rosacea 

If your Rosacea appears to get worse after using Rosiced, or you're concerned that you're suffering too much from side effects, contact your doctor and ask for advice. In some cases, it's possible for people using Rosiced to become more sensitive to sunlight. When you're using this medicine, make sure that you're careful to use protection when you're outside. Wear protective clothing and plenty of sunscreen, even when the sun isn't out.  

Side effects from Rosiced are more common when you first start taking the medication. If you experience rare side effects like watery eyes, trouble with your vision, numbness around the application site, or nausea, contact your doctor. 

When shouldn't you use Rosiced? 

There are many different types of treatment available for Rosacea. Your doctor will need to have a thorough consultation with you to decide whether Rosiced is the right treatment for you. When speaking to your doctor, make sure that you let them know about your full medical history, and any other treatments that you might be using.  

Rosiced is not suitable for use with children, and it should not be taken by anyone with a sensitivity to the active ingredient Metronidazole. If you have had allergic reactions to similar medications before, tell your doctor before using this drug.  

It's not certain whether Rosiced is suitable for pregnant women or breastfeeding women at this time. Although Rosiced passes into the blood stream in very small doses, your doctor may want to monitor you more carefully if you are using this medication when you're pregnant, or when you're considering becoming pregnant. Additionally, your doctor may recommend not using Rosiced when you are breast feeding if you have been using it for an extended period of time. For many mothers however, it will be safe to use this substance when breast feeding.  

Unlike the tablet form of Metronidazole, the substance in Rosiced will not be absorbed in large doses into your blood stream, which means that it's unlikely to pass in substantial or dangerous amounts into breast milk.  

Does Rosiced interact with any other medications? 

Any medication, including topical substances that are applied directly to your skin, could potentially interact poorly with other substances that you might be using. It's important to give your doctor and pharmacist a full list of all the medications that you're using. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter medications and recreational drugs that you might be taking with Rosiced. Do not start or change the dose of any other medication when using Rosiced, without getting your doctor's approval first.  

Currently, research into Rosiced suggest that it is safe to use this medication with most other drugs. The fact that Rosiced is absorbed into the blood stream in very low doses means that it's quite a safe form of treatment. However, Rosiced could interact negatively with other medications on the surface of your skin if multiple topical substances are applied too close to each other.  

In rare circumstances, topical metronidazole may interact with levels of warfarin and other similar anticoagulant medications in the bloodstream. Your doctor will be able to assess your risk level and give you advice if you are taking this kind of medication.

Where can you buy Rosiced? 

Rosiced is a common treatment available to buy from most registered pharmacies online and offline. This drug may also be available in generic forms and under other branded names. We can arrange to have this substance delivered to a local EU pharmacy on your behalf, and we can also give you a consultation with our registered EU doctor for a prescription.  

Can you get Rosiced without a prescription?  

It is not possible to get Rosiced in the EU without a prescription from a medical professional. Contact us if you would like to arrange a free consultation with a doctor before you get this medication. If you cannot take Rosiced, your doctor may be able to offer an alternative.


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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.