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Side Effects of Azelaic Acid Cream

Although most people tolerate it well, azelaic acid cream can cause side effects. When the skin medicine was studied in clinical trials, some of the most commonly reported problems included itching, burning, and stinging. If you develop any serious side effects during treatment (such as severe, or intolerable skin reactions), tell your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Azelaic Acid Cream

Just like any medicine, azelaic acid cream (Azelex®) 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 azelaic acid cream. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Azelaic Acid Cream Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of azelaic acid cream are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Severe, intolerable skin reactions
  • Skin reactions, such as redness and peeling, that do not improve with time (within two or three weeks)
  • Patchy lightening of the skin
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Worsening of cold sores
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 

Azelaic Acid Cream Information

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