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Noritate cream is an oral medication used to treat a skin condition known as rosacea. Its active ingredient is metronidazole, which is an antibiotic that decreases redness, swelling, and the number of pimples caused by rosacea.
Noritate cream works by reducing inflammation and killing or preventing the growth of bacteria on the skin. Noritate Cream is a topical preparation and should not be ingested.
Use and Dosage
Noritate is applied topically to the affected area of the skin and is available in a cream form. Use the Cream on the skin only.
To use Noritate Cream, first, wash and dry your hands before and after applying the medication. Then, wash and dry the affected area of the skin. After that, apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area(s) twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Gently massage the cream into the skin and make sure to avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and nose.
Avoid using Noritate Cream around the eye area, unless directed by your doctor. Watery eyes or tearing of the eyes may occur if this medication is applied too close to the eyes. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this occurs, rinse your eyes with large amounts of cool water.
Use Noritate Cream exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Keep using this medication for the full course of treatment. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Noritate Cream (Metronidazole):
- Cold symptoms
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet
- Scaly or itchy skin
- Skin irritation/dryness/redness
- Sore throat
- Stinging or burning when the medication is applied
- Stuffy nose
- Vaginal itching or discharge
Serious Side Effects of Noritate Cream (Metronidazole):
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Eye pain or swelling
- Fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats
- Feeling unsteady
- Fluttering in your chest
- High fever
- Loss of coordination
- Profuse sweating, or tremors
- Seeing halos around lights
- Severe stinging or burning after applying the medication
- Shortness of breath
- Slurred speech, arm, or leg weakness
- Sudden dizziness
- Sudden vision loss
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat and
- Trouble walking
- Tunnel vision
- Very stiff muscles
Forms and Strength
Noritate Cream (Metronidazole) is available in the following forms and strength:
Noritate Cream: Cream
- Allergic reactions: People who are allergic to metronidazole or other nitroimidazole antibiotics should not use Noritate cream.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: The safety of Noritate cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been fully established, so it should be used with caution during these periods.
- Neurological effects: Metronidazole can cause neurological side effects such as dizziness, vertigo, and in rare cases, seizures. People with a history of neurological problems should use Noritate cream with caution.
- Blood disorders: Metronidazole can affect blood cells, leading to changes in blood counts or anemia. Regular monitoring of blood tests may be necessary for people with blood disorders.
- Interaction with alcohol: Concurrent use of metronidazole and alcohol can cause severe adverse reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, and flushing. It is recommended to avoid alcohol while using Noritate cream.
- Liver disease: Noritate cream should be used with caution in people with liver disease, as it can affect liver function and lead to liver toxicity.
- Kidney disease: Metronidazole is excreted by the kidneys, so Noritate cream should be used with caution in people with kidney disease.
- Eye irritation: Noritate cream should not be applied near the eyes or on the eyelids, as it can cause severe eye irritation.
- Sun sensitivity: Metronidazole can increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight, so people using Noritate cream should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors.
- Interactions with other medications: Noritate cream can interact with other medications, inform your doctor about all the medications you take, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal supplements.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Noritate Cream be used to treat acne?
No, Noritate Cream is not indicated for the treatment of acne. It is used to treat a specific skin condition called rosacea.
How long does it take for Noritate Cream to work?
It may take several weeks of using Noritate Cream before you see an improvement in your rosacea symptoms. Follow your doctor's instructions and keep using the cream as directed.
Do I need a prescription to obtain Noritate Cream?
Yes, Noritate Cream is a prescription medication and should only be used under the supervision of a doctor.
How should Noritate Cream be stored?
Noritate Cream should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not freeze the cream or store it in the bathroom.
It's important to purchase Noritate Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.