Generic Name: azelaic acid (aze-eh-LAY-ik ASS-id)
Brand Name: Finacea
Finacea gel is used for:
Treating lesions due to mild to moderate rosacea.
Finacea gel is a topical antibacterial. Exactly how Finacea gel works to treat rosacea is unknown.
Do NOT use Finacea gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Finacea gel, including propylene glycol
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Finacea gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Finacea gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of asthma or cold sores
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Finacea gel. Because little, if any, of Finacea gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Finacea gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Finacea gel:
Use Finacea gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Finacea gel is only to be used on the skin. Before using Finacea gel, wash the affected area with warm water and mild soap or a soap-free cleanser, rinse, and pat dry. Cover the affected area with a thin film of medicine. Gently rub the medicine into your skin.
- Wash your hands immediately before and after using Finacea gel.
- Do not cover the affected area with gauze or a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so.
- Continue to use Finacea gel for the full course of treatment even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Finacea gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Finacea gel.
Important safety information:
- It may take several weeks for Finacea gel to work. If your symptoms do not get better within 12 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Finacea gel is for external use only. Avoid getting Finacea gel in your vagina, eyes, nose, or mouth. If Finacea gel does get into your eyes, wash your eyes immediately with plenty of water. If eye irritation continues, contact your doctor.
- If you use topical products too often, your condition may become worse.
- Finacea gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Makeup may be applied over the affected area after the medicine dries.
- Avoid any food or liquids that may bring on redness, flushing, and blushing of the skin (eg, spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks).
- Finacea gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Finacea gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Finacea gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Finacea gel:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dryness; temporary burning, itching, redness, stinging, or tingling at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in skin color; peeling, irritation, or inflammation of skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Finacea gel:
Store Finacea gel at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Finacea gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Finacea gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Finacea gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Finacea gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Finacea gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Finacea gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Finacea gel.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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