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What is Azelaic Acid used for?

Azelaic Acid is a cream used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate acne. It works by killing the bacteria that causes acne. This topical antibacterial cream helps renew the skin quickly, thereby reducing the formation of pimples and blackheads. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Azelaic Acid?

Like other medicines, Azelaic Acid can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Azelaic Acid are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Azelaic Acid cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Azelaic Acid develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Azelaic Acid can cause side effects such as burning, itching, tingling, stinging, redness, and dryness. Some of the serious side effects of this medication are worsening of asthma symptoms, chest tightness, change in skin color, and skin inflammation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Azelaic Acid.

What is the recommended dosage of Azelaic Acid?

The dosage of Azelaic Acid prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Azelaic Acid. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

The recommended dose of Azelaic Acid is application of a thin film onto the affected area twice a day. Before application of the cream, clean the affected area and pat dry. Then apply a thin layer and massage in gently.

What if you miss a dose of Azelaic Acid?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Azelaic Acid medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Azelaic Acid?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Azelaic Acid, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Azelaic Acid?

Azelaic Acid can interact with alcoholic cleansers, abrasives, tinctures, astringents, and drying soaps.

It may be noted that topical prescription or nonprescription medications other than those listed above may also interact with Azelaic Acid.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Azelaic Acid, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Azelaic Acid?

Is it possible for me to apply Azelaic Acid with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Azelaic Acid?
What are the possible drug interactions of Azelaic Acid?
How will Azelaic Acid work in my body?
How should Azelaic Acid be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Azelaic Acid drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Azelaic Acid, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Avoid getting this medication into your eyes. Do not use it on irritated or sunburned skin.


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