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Azelex Side Effects

In clinical studies, between 1 and 5 percent of people using Azelex developed side effects such as itching, burning, and stinging. However, most people are able to use this skin cream without any problems. If you develop any serious side effects while using this medication, such as severe or intolerable skin reactions or difficulty breathing, tell your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Azelex Side Effects

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

Common Side Effects of Azelex

Azelex has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the cream were carefully documented.
In these studies, the most common Azelex side effects, occurring in 1 to 5 percent of people, included:
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Tingling
  • Itching.
These side effects tend to improve with time.
Other, less common reactions, occurring in less than 1 percent of people, included:
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • A rash
  • Peeling
  • Irritation.

Azelex Medication Information

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