What is this medication?
Acne, Topical Skin Product
Officially indicated for acne vulgaris and acne rosacea.
How does this medication work?
Azelaic acid possesses antimicrobial activity and has been shown to decrease microcomedone formation and the production of keratin which can cause acne vulgaris. Azelaic acid also decreases the redness and swelling of the skin.
How should I take this medication?
Topical: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) twice daily, in the morning and evening. May reduce to once daily application if persistent skin irritation occurs.
Topical: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) of the face twice daily, in the morning and evening; reassess if no improvement after 12 weeks of therapy.
How to Use Azelaic Acid, Finacea/Azelex: Apply azelaic acid as directed by your doctor and use only on your skin; keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. Do not apply on any mucous membranes. Avoid using occlusive dressing or wrappings. For foam and gel formulations, cosmetics may be applied after the foam or gel has dried. Use only mild soaps or soapless cleansing lotion for facial cleansing.
Some Common Side Effects When Using Azelaic Acid, Finacea/Azelex: Skin irritation such as itchiness, burning, or stinging may occur, this generally occurs during the first few weeks of therapy. If a severe skin irritation or sensitivity reaction occurs discontinue use.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Do not use in patients with hypersensitivity to azelaic acid or any component of the formulation.
Watch for signs of an allergic reaction which can include: rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing or talking; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
Hypopigmentation has been reported, particularly in patients with darker skin complexions
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
The most common side effects occur on at the site of skin application. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
Dermatologic: Burning sensation of skin (≤16%), stinging of skin (≤16%), tingling of skin (≤16%)
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