azelaic acid gel - topical, Finacea
GENERIC NAME: AZELAIC ACID GEL - TOPICAL (ay-ze-LAY-ik AS-id)
BRAND NAME(S): Finacea
USES: This medication is used to treat a certain skin condition called rosacea. It helps to reduce the number of inflamed skin lesions.
HOW TO USE: This medication is for use only on the skin.Clean the affected area with a mild soap or soap-free cleanser and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of medication usually twice daily, or use as directed by your doctor. Gently massage the medication into the affected area. Wash your hands well after application. Make-up may be applied after the medication has dried.Avoid getting any of this medication in the eyes or inside the nose or mouth. If it does get in your eyes, wash them immediately with plenty of water. Call your doctor if eye irritation persists.Do not use large amounts or apply this product more often than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased. Improvement is usually seen within 4 weeks. However, it may take several weeks of continued use before the full effects of this medication are seen. Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or worsen.Do not apply any dressing or covering over the treated area unless directed by your doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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