Azelaic acid cream
Generic Name: azelaic acid (aze-eh-LAY-ik ASS-id)
Brand Name: Azelex
Azelaic acid cream is used for:
Treating mild to moderate acne.
Azelaic acid cream is a topical antibacterial. Exactly how it works is unknown, but it may block production of proteins necessary for the bacteria to survive.
Do NOT use azelaic acid cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in azelaic acid cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using azelaic acid cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with azelaic acid cream. 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 azelaic acid cream. Because little, if any, of azelaic acid cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if azelaic acid cream 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 azelaic acid cream:
Use azelaic acid cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Before using azelaic acid cream, wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and pat dry. Cover the affected area with a thin film of medicine and gently rub in until medicine is evenly distributed. Allow the medicine to dry.
- Wash your hands immediately before and after using azelaic acid cream.
- Do not cover the affected area with gauze or a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so.
- Continue to use azelaic acid cream for the full course of treatment even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of azelaic acid cream, 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.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use azelaic acid cream.
Important safety information:
- It may take several weeks for azelaic acid cream to work. If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Azelaic acid cream is for external use only. Avoid getting azelaic acid cream in your vagina, eyes, nose, or mouth. If azelaic acid cream 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.
- Azelaic acid cream 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.
- Azelaic acid cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; 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 azelaic acid cream 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 azelaic acid cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of azelaic acid cream:
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); change 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 azelaic acid cream:
Store azelaic acid cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze. Keep azelaic acid cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about azelaic acid cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Azelaic acid cream 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 azelaic acid cream 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 azelaic acid cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to azelaic acid cream. 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 azelaic acid cream.
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.