Finacea (Azelaic Acid)

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Finacea Gel 15%

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Finacea (Azelaic Acid) Medication Information

Uses

Finacea is a topical gel that is used to treat mild to moderate rosacea. 

Dosage

The gel is available in 15% strength.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Finacea include:

  • Burning/stinging
  • Scaling skin
  • Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Edema
  • Pruritus 

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Azelaic Acid.

Precautions

Finacea can cause irritation and sensitivity to the skin, if this happens Finacea should be stopped.  

Interactions

The drug manufacturer did not study drug interactions with Finacea

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Azelaic Acid. 

Storage

Store at room temperature (77 ºF). 

Pharmacist Tips

  • A thin layer Finacea should be massaged gently into the face.
  • Azelaic Acid gel should be applied twice a day.
  • It can take several weeks to see improvement when using Finacea. 

Azelaic Acid FAQs

Can I use moisturizer after Finacea?

You can apply moisturizer before or after Finacea. 

 

Can Finacea make rosacea worse?

Typically Azelaic Acid should not make your rosacea worse.

 

Does Finacea help with redness?

Finacea is used to treat rosacea, so it will reduce redness. 

 

Does Finacea lighten dark spots?

Over time Finacea can lighten spots and reduce redness.

 

Can I use Finacea every day?

Finacea should be used every day twice a day.

 

Related Drugs

Reference:

Finacea {package insert}. Pine Brook, NJ: Intendis; 2010.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/021470s005lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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