What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Azelex (Azelaic acid)


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Generic Equivalent - Azelex (Azelaic acid)

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20% 30g cream

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  • Product Details


    Azelex (azelaic acid cream) 20% is a topical medication used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne.

    Fact Table




    US FDA


    Very low

    Legal status


    Chemical Name

    Azelaic acid

    Elimination half-life

    12 h

    Dosage (Strength)

    20% 30g cream


    Azelex is classified as Pregnancy Category B, which means it is generally considered safe



    Protein binding

    Azelaic acid has low protein binding

    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration



    Use Azelex as directed by your doctor. If you have questions or concerns about the medication, reach out to your doctor or pharmacist.

    Clean the affected area(s) and pat dry before applying the cream. Apply a thin layer to the skin two times a day, or as directed by your doctor. Gently massage the cream into the affected area(s). Wash your hands after application.

    Do not get the cream in your mouth or eyes. Avoid placing a bandage over the cream or covering the cream unless your doctor instructs you to do so.

    Improvements may not be seen for at least a month. However, if your acne does not improve after 1 month of use or if your acne gets worse, contact your doctor.


    Azelaic acid is the active ingredient in Azelex cream.


    • Before you begin using Azelex, tell your doctor about:
      • All the medications you use, including other topical lotions, creams, and ointments
      • Your allergies
      • Your current health conditions and past medical history
      • Your pregnancy or breastfeeding status

    Side Effects

    Skin stinging, burning, itching, or tingling are possible side effects of Azelex. Other side effects may also occur, so be sure to inform your doctor of any bothersome or persistent side effects.

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    Azelex 20% topical cream. First Databank, Inc.; 2022.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 10178

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