Finacea Warnings and Precautions
Although it can be an effective rosacea medication for many people, Finacea can cause problems. For example, when first starting this product, it may cause skin irritation, redness, and burning. Also, people with certain allergies may not be able to use this skin gel. Before starting treatment with Finacea, talk to your healthcare provider about the specific warnings and precautions that apply to you.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Finacea® (azelaic acid gel) if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With FinaceaSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this skin gel include:
- The active ingredient in Finacea, azelaic acid, is known to cause patchy lightening of the skin in rare cases. Finacea has not been thoroughly studied in people with dark complexions. If you have a dark complexion, make sure to carefully watch for any signs of skin lightening and report this problem to your healthcare provider right away.
- Finacea is only approved for use on the skin; do not swallow it, and make sure to keep it out of the eyes.
- Some people experience skin irritation, redness, and burning when first starting Finacea. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if extreme irritation occurs.
- Finacea is unlikely to interact with medications, although some skin products could worsen irritation with Finacea (see Finacea Drug Interactions).
- It is unknown if Finacea passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Finacea and Breastfeeding).
- Finacea is a pregnancy Category B medication, which means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Finacea and Pregnancy for more information).