Rozex

Rozex

Rozex is a topical medication available in both cream and gel form. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antibiotics. These drugs help to kill or remove the bacteria on the skin that can lead to symptoms like inflammation, redness, and cracked skin on the cheeks, chin, nose, forehead or eyelids. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Rozex is a useful treatment for skin conditions like Rosacea, which works by using the active ingredient Metronidazole to eliminate inflammation and other side effects. This is a topical medication which is applied directly to the skin.

What is Rozex? 

Rozex is a topical medication available in both cream and gel form. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antibiotics. These drugs help to kill or remove the bacteria on the skin that can lead to symptoms like inflammation, redness, and cracked skin on the cheeks, chin, nose, forehead or eyelids.  

The active ingredient in Rozex is an antibiotic named metronidazole - this substance is also available in tablet form for the treatment of other conditions. When prescribed by a doctor, Rozex can help to clear up cysts, spots, and other skin conditions. Although it's not fully understood why this medication is so effective, scientists believe that it works by helping to control any infection and reduce skin inflammation. Usually, it will take between two and three months of applying Rozex for this medication to have a lasting effect.

When is Rozex used? 

Rozex is a topical medication that was specifically developed for the treatment of rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that's usually accompanied by the presence of red spots and inflammation, usually on the skin. Sometimes cysts and bumps will also appear on the affected skin, and blood vessels may become more visible, causing problems with self esteem and confidence.  

Unfortunately, Rosacea is not completely curable, but doctors can prescribe Rozex to control the outbreaks that happen when you have this condition. You will need to apply this cream or gel consistently to get the best benefits out of it. In some cases, Rozex can be prescribed for purposes aside from Rosacea. For instance, some doctors use this substance in the treatment of skin infections.

How do you use Rozex? 

Rozex gel or cream is a substance that needs to be applied to the skin regularly and on a consistent basis for you to begin to see any lasting results. You will usually need to apply this gel twice each day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. Make sure that you read through the instructions provided with this medication before you use it. If you have any questions, contact your doctor or pharmacist.  

Before you begin applying Rozex, make sure that you wash your hands, and the affected area that you want to treat. This will help to reduce the bacteria you expose your skin to. Squeeze a thin layer of the cream or gel onto your fingers and gently massage it into the affected area. Be careful to avoid the eyes, inside of the nose and mouth when applying this medication. If your cream or gel gets into any of these areas, rinse them thoroughly with water, and contact a doctor if you're concerned.  

Apply the gel regularly every day and remember to wash your hands after your application. If you forget to apply the gel at the right time one day, just carry on with your schedule as usual, you should not double up on a dose to make up for a missed dose. Additionally, don't use more of this medication than your doctor recommends, as this could increase your risk of suffering from side effects.  

Use the cream for as long as your doctor advises. If you don't notice any significant change after a couple of months, contact your doctor and ask for further advice. Repeat courses of this medication may be necessary, or your doctor may choose to prescribe a different medication.

What dosages are available? 

Your doctor will advise you on how long you should use Rozex, and how much of the substance you should use. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, the most common guideline dose for Rozex is an application of the gel to the affected area twice per day, once in the evening and once in the morning.  

Usually, you will only need a thin layer of this medication to get the full effects. Do not exceed the prescribed dosage.

What are the side effects of Rozex? 

Most people taking Rozex will not experience any negative side effects from the medication. This is a very safe form of treatment for Rosacea. However, it is possible that you may notice some unwanted symptoms after you begin using this medication, particularly towards the beginning of your treatment. If your side effects are mild you may be able to continue taking Rozex. Usually, the common symptoms associated with this drug will go away by themselves after your skin gets used to the medicine. Remember, there may be other side effects associated with this medication that are not listed here.  

Common side effects include: 

  • Burning or stinging sensations at the point of the application 
  • Skin dryness, itching, or excess redness 
  • Worsening Rosacea 

If you think that Rozex is making your condition worse, contact your doctor and ask for their advice. In rare cases, you may experience instances of tingling and numbness around the application site, or watery eyes - particularly when Rozex is applied close to the eyes. Tell your doctor if you have any issues with a metallic taste in your mouth, or nausea. It's also worth seeking help if you notice inflammation in your skin.  

An allergic reaction to Rozex is rare. However, if you notice any side effects that may indicate the presence of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic response may include swelling at the application site, rash, itching, trouble breathing or dizziness.  

When shouldn't you uses Rozex? 

Your doctor will need to consider your condition and your medical history carefully when deciding whether Rozex is right for you. Importantly, this treatment will not be suitable for everyone who suffers from Rosacea. If your doctor decides that this treatment shouldn't be given to you, then they may be able to offer an alternative medication instead.  

This medication is not recommended for children, and it should not be used by anyone who is allergic to the active ingredients, or any other ingredients used to create the gel. Read through the leaflet included with this medication carefully to make sure that you're not sensitive to any of the ingredients within.  

Rozex may not be suitable for women who are pregnant or considering getting pregnant. At this time, research suggests that Rozex passes into the blood stream in very small amounts after application. This means that it may be safe for you to use during pregnancy, but your doctor may want to monitor you carefully for signs of side effects. Additionally, when Metronidazole is taken by mouth, it typically passes into breast milk. However, when this substance is applied to the skin, it may not be dangerous for nursing mothers to use, because it only appears in the blood in very small amounts.  

If you're concerned about using Rozex when breastfeeding, speak to your doctor about your options. Your medical professional will be able to tell you whether Rozex is safe to use, and what you can use instead if not.

Does Rozex interact with any other medications? 

All medications, including those applied topically to the skin, have the potential to interact negatively with other substances. With that in mind, it's important to make sure that you tell your doctor about any medicines that you're taking alongside Rozex. This includes anything that you're applying to your skin, tablets that you're taking that you bought over the counter, and prescription medications. It's worth mentioning any herbal supplements or vitamins too.  

At this time, research into Rozex suggests that it is safe to take with most medications, because it is absorbed into the bloodstream in very low amounts. On rare occasions, people taking Rozex with warfarin and other anticoagulant medications have had negative reactions. It's worth speaking to your doctor about Rozex is right for you if you're on an anticoagulant medication.  

Ask your doctor how to apply moisturizers and other creams and gels that need to be applied topically to the skin when you're using Rozex. You may need to leave some time for this substance to soak in before applying anything else. This can reduce the risk of interactions between medications on the surface of your skin. 

Where can you buy Rozex? 

It's possible to buy Rozex from registered EU pharmacies throughout your local country, both online and online. You can arrange for us to deliver this substance to your pharmacy for you. With medications that require a prescription, like Rozex we can also arrange for a consultation with an official doctor or healthcare professional.  

Can you get Rozex without a prescription?  

Rozex is currently not available without a prescription. Speak to your doctor or a registered healthcare professional to find out whether this treatment is right for you. If a doctor is not willing to provide a prescription for Rozex, then they may be able to suggest an alternative form of treatment that's safer for you.

 

References   

Drugs.com, 2019, online user reviews for Rozex to treat Rosacea, [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.drugs.com/comments/metronidazole-topical/rozex-for-acne-rosacea.html  

Galderma UK Ltd, 2019, online, Rozex cream, [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/924/smpc

Healthdirect, 2019, online, Brand name: Rozex, [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/medicines/brand/amt,3009011000036102/rozex

NetDoctor, 2014, online, Rozex cream and gel metronidazole, [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/skin-hair/a6553/rozex-cream-and-gel-metronidazole/   

Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741366

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.