Finacea

Generic Name: Azelaic Acid

  • What is Finacea?

    Finacea is a gel used to treat mild to moderate rosacea (a skin condition marked by red eruptions, usually on the cheeks and nose).

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

    Finacea is for external use only. It is not to be used orally, intravaginally, or in the eyes.

    This medicine has been known to occasionally have a bleaching effect on the skin. Report any abnormal changes in skin color to your doctor.

    Skin irritation may occur, usually during the first few weeks of treatment. If irritation is excessive or persists, discontinue Finacea and consult your doctor.

  • Who should not take Finacea?

    Do not use Finacea if you are allergic to it or to any ingredient of the gel or if you have a history of allergies to propylene glycol (an additive in many facial products).

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Finacea. 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: The usual dose of Finacea is a thin layer applied twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening.

  • How should I take Finacea?

    Use Finacea once in the morning and again in the evening. Wash the areas to be treated with very mild soap or a soapless cleansing lotion and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply a thin layer of the medication and gently, but thoroughly, massage it into the affected areas on the face. Wash your hands afterwards. You can apply cosmetics after Finacea has dried.

  • What should I avoid while taking Finacea?

    Finacea should not come into contact with the mouth, eyes, and other mucous membranes. If it does come in contact with the eyes, wash the eyes with large amounts of water and consult your doctor if eye irritation persists.

    Avoid any foods and beverages that might provoke redness, flushing, and blushing, such as spicy foods, hot foods and drinks, and alcoholic beverages.

    Use only very mild soaps or a soapless cleansing lotion on the face. Avoid alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, abrasives, and peeling agents. Do not use dressings or wrappings that block contact with air.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with Finacea. 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 Finacea?

    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, redness, scaling or dry skin, stinging, tingling, changes in skin color, irritation

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

    The effects of Finacea during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Finacea?

    If you miss a dose of Finacea, 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 Finacea?

    Store at room temperature.

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