Azelaic acid

generic for Finacea

Azelaic acid Side Effects

Burning, stinging, tingling or itching skin may occur during the first few weeks, but then subside as your body adjusts to this medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: worsening of asthma symptoms (such as increased trouble breathing, increased use of quick-relief inhalers).

This medication may rarely cause abnormal changes in skin color (hypopigmentation). Dark-skinned individuals may notice a lightening in skin color. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice and report these changes if they occur.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, persistent itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
  • periorbital edema
  • ocular irritation
  • asthma exacerbation
  • skin inflammation
  • abnormal desquamation
  • erythema
  • pruritus of skin
  • hirsutism
  • dry skin
  • urticaria
  • skin hypopigmentation
  • vitiligo
  • facial edema
  • wheezing
  • dyspnea
  • angioedema
  • paresthesia
  • stinging of skin

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Avoid use of skin care products that can cause further irritation (e.g., cleansers that contain alcohol, tinctures, astringents, abrasives and peeling agents). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.