What is Rozex?
Rozex gel contains the active ingredient metronidazole, which is a type of medicine that kills bacteria. It is applied to the skin. Treatment with Rozex gel calms the skin and greatly reduces, and in some cases totally eliminates, skin inflammation. Rozex gel is only available on prescription.
What is this medicine used for?
Rozex gel has been designed specifically for the treatment of rosacea, a skin condition that manifests itself as redness in areas of the face, especially the cheeks, nose, forehead and/or chin, sometimes accompanied by bumps, spots and veins that are visible in the skin as red lines. There is currently no known cure for rosacea, but treatment with metronidazole can control the symptoms. Rozex may also be prescribed to treat other skin infections.
How to use Rozex
Rozex gel should be applied thinly to clean, dry skin, and only to the affected areas. You can use face cream or make-up after applying the gel. However, make sure you use a product that does not clog the pores or contract the skin. Wash your hands after use. Take care to avoid getting the gel in wounds, the eyes or inside the nostrils or mouth. If you accidentally get the gel in these areas, rinse it out with plenty of water. Rozex gel usually takes a few months to work. Consult a doctor if your symptoms do not improve after having applied the gel over a period of several months.
Unless otherwise prescribed, the usual method of administration is:
- Adults: apply the gel sparingly to the affected areas of the face twice a day.
Rozex gel may cause side effects, including:
- Skin discomfort or irritation (itching, burning, dryness, redness) at the application site. If these side effects are severe, apply less of the gel or use it less often until the irritation has settled;
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light (skin irritation or sunburn). Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and sunbeds. On a sunny day, always use sunscreen with a high SPF.
When not to use Rozex
Rozex gel is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to metronidazole or any other ingredient in this medicine (see the package leaflet).
Rozex should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely.
Warning: Although unlikely to happen, Rozex can interact with alcohol, causing unpleasant reactions. In some people, alcohol may also cause or intensify the symptoms of rosacea. You should therefore avoid drinking alcohol until after you have finished your course of treatment with Rozex.