Azelaic acid 20% cream
What is this medicine?
AZELAIC ACID is used on the skin to treat mild to moderate acne.
What should my health care professional know before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- herpes or cold sores
- an unusual or allergic reaction to propylene glycol, azelaic acid, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Wash your hands before and after applying. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Apply just enough cream to cover the affected area. Rub in gently but completely. Keep the cream away from the eyes, mouth, and other areas of sensitive skin. If accidental contact occurs, large amounts of water should be used to rinse the affected area. If eye irritation persists after thoroughly washing, contact your doctor or health care professional. Do not place a bandage, wrap, or dressing on top of skin where this medicine has been applied. If you are using other topical medicines, apply them at different times of the day.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while taking this medicine?
Contact your doctor or health care professional if your skin condition gets worse or does not get better in the first 4 weeks. Tell your doctor if the medicine causes too much redness, dryness, or peeling of skin. It may take longer than 4 weeks before you see the full effect.
You may use small amounts of water based cosmetics while using this medicine. Apply cosmetics after the cream has dried.
Avoid eating or drinking foods or beverages that may make redness, flushing, and blushing worse. Examples include spicy foods, alcohol, hot coffee, or hot tea.
What side effects may I notice from this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- lightening of the treated areas (in patients with dark complexions)
- severe burning, itching, crusting, or swelling of the treated areas
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry skin
- mild burning, itching, or stinging
- reddening of the skin
- skin peeling
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze.