Treating mild to moderate acne. Azelex 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 Azelex cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Azelex cream
Before using Azelex cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Azelex cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnancy, 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 cream. Because little, if any, of Azelex cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Azelex 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 Azelex cream:
Use Azelex cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Before using Azelex 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 Azelex cream.
Do not cover the affected area with gauze or a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Continue to use Azelex cream for the full course of treatment even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
If you miss a dose of Azelex 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 Azelex cream.
Important safety information:
It may take several weeks for Azelex cream to work. If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
Azelex cream is for external use only. Avoid getting Azelex cream in your vagina, eyes, nose, or mouth. If Azelex 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.
Azelex 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.
Azelex 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 Azelex 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 Azelex cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Major Side Effects
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking azelaic acid topical:
- Burning, stinging, or tingling of the skin
- dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin
- Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
- scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
- Incidence not known:
- Fast heartbeat
- hives, itching, or skin rash
- joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- swelling of the eyes
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing or swallowing
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