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Brand Names: Azelex, Finacea, Finacea Plus, Finevin

Generic Name: azelaic acid topical (Pronunciation: AZ eh LAY ik AS id)

What is azelaic acid topical (Azelex, Finacea, Finacea Plus, Finevin)?

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and therefore reduces pimple and blackhead formation. It also helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne and rosacea.

Azelaic acid topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne and rosacea.

Azelaic acid topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of azelaic acid topical (Azelex, Finacea, Finacea Plus, Finevin)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, or warmth;
  • severe itching or tingling;
  • severe redness, dryness, peeling, or other irritation; or
  • changes in skin color.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about azelaic acid topical (Azelex, Finacea, Finacea Plus, Finevin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to azelaic acid or propylene glycol.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina. Do not use on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Do not cover the area after applying azelaic acid. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by your body and could be harmful.

It may take up 4 weeks or longer before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 12 weeks of treatment.

If you have excessive burning, dryness, or irritation, ask your doctor about using azelaic acid once daily.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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