Azelaic Acid Topical Dosage

This dosage information may not include all the information needed to use Azelaic Acid Topical safely and effectively. See additional information for Azelaic Acid Topical.

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Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Acne

Apply 20% cream to affected area twice a day, morning and evening. The skin should be gently washed, rinsed with warm water, and patted dry before application.

Usual Adult Dose for Acne Rosacea

Apply 15% gel to affected area twice a day, morning and evening. The skin should be gently washed, rinsed with warm water, and patted dry before application. The gel has been used for up to 12 weeks in clinical trials. Foods or beverages that may cause flushing, blushing, or erythema should be avoided.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne

20% cream:
Greater than or equal to 12 years: Apply to affected area twice a day, morning and evening. The skin should be gently washed, rinsed with warm water, and patted dry before application.

Renal Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended

Liver Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended

Dose Adjustments

If the patient experiences skin irritations that persist beyond 2-4 weeks, a once a day application may be tried.

Precautions

Monitoring for early signs of hypochromia when azelaic acid is used in patients with dark complexions is recommended, as there have been a few reports of hypopigmentation following its use.

Occlusive dressings and wrappings should be avoided.

Treatment should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted if sensitivity or severe irritation occurs.

Contact with the eyes, mouth, vagina, and other mucous membranes should be avoided.

Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children under 12 years of age.

Dialysis

No adjustment recommended

Other Comments

The skin should be washed and dried before application. A thin film should be applied and massaged gently but thoroughly into the skin. The hands should be washed following application. Improvement is typically seen within 4 weeks.

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