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Finacea Side Effects

Clinical trials have shown that skin reactions are the most common side effects of Finacea. These reactions include a burning or stinging sensation, dryness, and redness. In most cases, these reactions are minor and tend to improve with time. However, potentially serious side effects are possible. Notify your healthcare provider immediately if you have skin reactions that do not improve within two or three weeks.

An Introduction to Finacea Side Effects

As with any medicine, Finacea® (azelaic acid gel) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Finacea. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Finacea

Finacea has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using Finacea gel were carefully documented and compared to the side effects that occurred in a group of people who were given a gel that did not contain any active ingredients (a placebo gel).
In these studies, the most common Finacea side effects included:
  • Burning, stinging, or tingling -- in up to 29 percent of people
  • Itching -- up to 11 percent
  • Dry skin or scaly skin -- up to 8 percent
  • Redness or irritation -- up to 4 percent
  • A contact dermatitis skin reaction -- up to 2 percent
  • Swelling or puffiness -- up to 2 percent
  • Acne -- up to 2 percent.
These side effects tend to improve with time.

Finacea Medication Information

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