Azelex

Generic Name: Azelaic Acid

  • What is Azelex?

    Azelex is a cream used to help clear up mild to moderate acne.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Azelex?

    How long you will use Azelex can vary from person to person and depends on the severity of the acne. Most people see improvement within 4 weeks.

    Use Azelex for the full prescribed treatment period.

    Azelex may cause changes in skin color. If you have a dark complexion, report abnormal changes in skin color to your doctor.

    Temporary skin irritation (itching, burning, or stinging) may occur when Azelex is applied to broken or inflamed skin, usually at the start of treatment. However, this irritation commonly subsides if treatment is continued. If the irritation continues, Azelex should be applied only once a day, or the treatment should be stopped until these effects have subsided. If irritation persists, discontinue Azelex and consult your doctor.

  • Who should not take Azelex?

    Do not begin treatment with Azelex if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Azelex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azelex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: The usual dose is a thin film of Azelex applied to the affected areas twice a day.

  • How should I take Azelex?

    Use Azelex once in the morning and again in the evening. Wash the areas to be treated and pat dry. Apply a thin film of the medication and gently but thoroughly massage it into the skin. Wash your hands afterwards. Do not put bandages or dressings over the treated areas.

  • What should I avoid while taking Azelex?

    Avoid getting Azelex in the mouth, eyes, and other mucous membranes. If it does come in contact with the eyes, wash your eyes with large amounts of water and call your doctor if irritation persists.

    Avoid covering or wrapping the area.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Azelex?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Azelex. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Azelex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: burning, itching, stinging, tingling, redness, dryness, rash, peeling, irritation, inflammation

  • Can I receive Azelex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Azelex during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Azelex may pass into breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Azelex?

    If you miss a dose of Azelex, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Azelex?

    Store at room temperature. Protect the cream from freezing.

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