azelaic acid topical Warnings
azelaic acid topical Uses
This medication is for use only on the skin.
Clean the affected area with a mild soap or soap-free cleanser and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of medication usually twice daily, or use as directed by your doctor. Gently massage the medication into the affected area. Wash your hands well after application. Make-up may be applied after the medication has dried.
Avoid getting any of this medication in the eyes or inside the nose or mouth. If it does get in your eyes, wash them immediately with plenty of water. Call your doctor if eye irritation persists.
Do not use large amounts or apply this product more often than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased. Improvement is usually seen within 4 weeks. However, it may take several weeks of continued use before the full effects of this medication are seen. Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or worsen.
Do not apply any dressing or covering over the treated area unless directed by your doctor.
azelaic acid topical Side Effects
Burning, stinging, tingling or itching skin may occur during the first few weeks, but then subside as your body adjusts to this medication. Excessive facial hair growth may rarely occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
This medication may infrequently cause abnormal changes in skin color (hypopigmentation). Dark-skinned individuals may notice a lightening in skin color. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice and report these changes if they occur.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, persistent itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
azelaic acid topical Precautions
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as propylene glycol), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, repeat episodes of cold sores or fever blisters (oral herpes).
Avoid any foods or liquids that may bring on redness, flushing or blushing of the skin (e.g., spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks).
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This medication may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
azelaic acid topical Interactions
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: other skin products.
Avoid use of skin care products that can cause further irritation (e.g., cleansers that contain alcohol, tinctures, astringents, abrasives and peeling agents). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
azelaic acid topical Overdose
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.NOTES:
Do not share this medication with others.MISSED DOSE:
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.STORAGE:
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.