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Ingredient Name:

AZELAIC ACID (ay-ze-LAY-ik AS-id)

Drug Manufacturer:


Common Uses:

This medicine is a topical antibacterial used for treating lesions due to mild to moderate rosacea.

Before Using This Medicine:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of asthma; cold sores; allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine is only to be used on the skin. BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE, wash the affected area with warm water and mild soap or a soap-free cleanser, rinse, and pat dry. Cover the affected area with a thin film of medicine. Gently rub the medicine into your skin. Wash your hands immediately after using this medicine. DO NOT COVER THE AFFECTED AREA with gauze or a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from heat, moisture, and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, 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.


DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine, including propylene glycol. IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS for this medicine to work. If your symptoms do not get better within 12 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE IS FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Avoid getting this medicine in your vagina, eyes, nose, or mouth. If this medicine does get into your eyes, wash your eyes immediately with plenty of water. If eye irritation continues, contact your doctor. TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU USE any other medicines, cleansers, or lotions on your skin. IF YOU USE TOPICAL PRODUCTS TOO OFTEN, your condition may become worse. MAKEUP MAY BE APPLIED over the affected area after the medicine dries. AVOID ANY FOOD OR LIQUIDS THAT MAY CAUSE redness, flushing, and blushing of the skin (eg, spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks). BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine 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 this medicine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include dryness or temporary burning, itching, redness, stinging, or tingling at the application site. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience changes in skin color or peeling, irritation, or inflammation of skin. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Additional Information:

DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.

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