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(azelaic acid) Cream 20%
For Dermatologic Use Only
Not for Ophthalmic Use
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AZELEX (azelaic acid cream) 20% contains azelaic acid, a naturally occurring saturated dicarboxylic acid.
Structural Formula: HOOC-(CH2)7-COOH.
Chemical Name: 1,7-heptanedicarboxylic acid
Empirical Formula: C9H16O4
Molecular Weight: 188.22
Active Ingredient: Each gram of AZELEX contains azelaic acid..........0.2 gm (20% w/w).
Inactive Ingredients: cetearyl octanoate; glycerin; glyceryl stearate and cetearyl alcohol and cetyl palmitate and cocoglycerides; PEG-5 glyceryl stearate; propylene glycol; and purified water. Benzoic acid is present as a preservative.
What are the possible side effects of azelaic acid topical (Azelex, Finacea, Finacea Plus, Finevin)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- severe burning, stinging, or warmth;
- severe itching or tingling;
- severe redness, dryness, peeling, or other irritation; or
- changes in skin color.
Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.
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What are the precautions when taking azelaic acid cream (Azelex)?
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, repeated episodes of cold sores or fever blisters (oral herpes).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This medication may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before...
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/11/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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