Chemical Name: AZELAIC ACID (ay-ze-LAY-ik AS-id)
Finacea is used to treat a certain skin condition called rosacea. Finacea works to reduce the number of inflamed lesions on the skin.
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 USE THIS MEDICINE with other skin products that can cause more irritation to you skin (e.g., alcohol-containing cleansers, tinctures, astringents, and peeling agents). Talk with your doctor or pharmacist for more information. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have an allergy to propylene glycol. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you have a history or asthma, or repeat episodes of cold sores or fever blisters (oral herpes). Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using 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 have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS for this medicine to work. If your symptoms do not improve within 4 weeks or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Applying large amounts of this medicine, or applying it to your skin more often, will not clear the area faster, but may increase your chance for side effects. Do not use any other medicines or special cleansers on your skin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Make-up may be applied over the affected area after the medicine dries. Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes or on the inside of your 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. BEFORE YOUR BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and the risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may occur while using this medicine include burning, stinging, tingling, or itching skin. If any of these effects continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience unusual changes or lightening in skin color (hypopigmentation) or unusual hair growth where the medicine is applied. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience worsening of cold sores or fever blisters (oral herpes), or a worsening in asthma symptoms (such as increased trouble breathing or increased use of quick-relief inhalers). AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO THIS MEDICINE is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, persistent itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
Avoiding any foods or liquids that may bring on redness, flushing, and blushing of the skin (such as spicy foods, alcohol, or hot drinks) are beneficial non-drug treatments for rosacea. 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.