Finacea Available Over The Counter in Australia

Written by on August 28, 2006 in Australia, Finacea (Azelaic Acid 15%) with 5 Comments

I have just found out that finacea is now available in Australia without a prescription. This is good news for those who might want to try finacea but don’t want to visit the doctor first.

Finacea is a “topical treatment for the inflammatory bumps and lesions of mild to moderate rosacea”.

Finacea is not suitable to those with a sensitivity to propylene glycol. About 20% of various trialists report mild side effects from using finacea, compared to 14% using just the vehicle gel. See the prescribing information for more warnings and safety usage information as finacea is not suitable for all rosacea sufferers.

The following is from the Finacea FAQ:

What about burning and stinging?

A: Some patients using FINACEA may initially experience burning and/or stinging sensations after they apply FINACEA. In clinical studies, most patients were able to continue using FINACEA despite these sensations.

I wouldn’t advocate continuing to use finacea once you get a bad reaction, so do tread carefully. At least Intendis are being transparent when they say “While no one is certain exactly how azelaic acid works to improve rosacea, it effectively reduces redness, as well as the bumps and lesions, of mild to moderate rosacea.

Where to Buy Finacea Online?

I can see 2 online pharmacies that are offering a 30gm tube for around $22 plus postage. Your local Australian pharmacy should be able to order a tube if they don’t have any in stock.

If you are able to order Finace successfully from the US, please leave a comment below to let others know – thanks.

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5 Reader Comments

  1. C P says:

    I am looking for a pharmacy that stocks Clairifoam,
    many thanks.
    C Paradine..
    If you could let me know

  2. peggy says:

    How do i get to the website to order Finacea from austraulia without a prescription?

  3. Peggy says:

    My Dr. gave me a sample of Finacea but here you need a prescription and the price is out of this world.If you have an address of a pharmacy in Australia would you please send it to me as this did work good for me.Thank you

  4. Robert says:

    VitaminShoppe.com has a generic azelaic acid cream called Melazepam which is under $15.

    I had rosacea redness all over my face and bumps on the cheeks and forehead, and the Melazepam if used twice a day consistently definitely toned them down.

    More people need to know about this. I don’t see it mentioned much online in the forums, and although it is not a ‘cure’, it works and is not expensive.

    Robert

  5. David Pascoe says:

    Helpful comment received via email.

    “i have ordered it twice from epharmacy online. it’s about 26.00 per 30g tube. the shipping to florida is around 30.00. it comes through los angeles, then across the country.

    I order several tubes at once to spread out the shipping charge.

    my prescriptions are discounted by blue cross blue shield but my deductibel is huge, so i pay their negotiated rate, which is well over 100.00 per tube.

    I have been taking doxy hyclate 100 mg per day for ocular rosacea, paying the insurance negotiated rate of 75.00 per month. I even thought about ordering it from India, but that scared me.

    I looked online at goodrx.com. I got a coupon from them for the 30 capsules of doxy hyclate for 40.00!!!

    I was able to use it at CVS pharmacy and it didn’t even go thu my insurance!!! that coupon handled the entire amount for 40.00. the cash price for the doxy 30 caps is $150.00!!!!

    I told the CVS pharmacist that they should tell people like me about that website, but he poopoohed it saying, well there’s so many things out there…..blah blah blah……..

    one day they will all get their just desserts. same for the doctors who are just shilling for the drug companies………..

    Cathy”

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