Patients using FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, should receive the following information and instructions:
- FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, is to be used only as directed by the physician.
- FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, is for external use only. It is not to be used orally, intravaginally, or for the eyes.
- Cleanse affected area(s) with a very mild soap or a soapless cleansing lotion and pat dry with a soft towel before applying FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%. Avoid alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, abrasives and peeling agents.
- Avoid contact of FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, 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 a physician if eye irritation persists.
- The hands should be washed following application of FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%.
- Cosmetics may be applied after FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, has dried.
- Skin irritation (e.g., pruritus, burning, or stinging) may occur during use of FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, usually during the first few weeks of treatment. If irritation is excessive or persists, use of FINACEA Gel (azelaic acid) , 15%, should be discontinued, and patients should consult their physician (See ADVERSE REACTIONS).
- Avoid any foods and beverages that might provoke erythema, flushing, and blushing (including spicy food, alcoholic beverages, and thermally hot drinks, including hot coffee and tea).
- Patients should report abnormal changes in skin color to their physician.
- Avoid the use of occlusive dressings or wrappings.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/2/2010
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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