What You Can Expect

How you'll feel

As with any acne medication, you’ll probably have some side effects during your treatment. Don’t be discouraged or stop taking Clarus® without talking to your doctor first. Most side effects usually decrease over time. In fact, if you have dry skin, it means that your medication is doing what it’s meant to do — reducing oil production.

Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your medication or how it affects you. The more your doctor knows about how you’re responding to Clarus, the easier it is for him/her to determine if you are taking the right amount of medication.

The first couple of weeks

During the first few weeks of treatment, your acne may seem to get worse before it gets better. This is only temporary. Redness and itching of the affected skin are common initial effects. Stay with your treatment because these effects should disappear as you continue to take Clarus. In fact, the first signs of healing most often occur after two to three weeks of treatment. It may take one to two months before beneficial effects are seen. Most patients with severe acne notice a marked improvement after one or two courses of treatment with Clarus.

How to deal with potential side effects

The following table shows common side effects and offers some general advice. If you have any of these reactions, let your doctor know about it at your next visit, or even sooner if the side effects becomes too uncomfortable.

What you can expect What you can do
Chapped lips
(occurs in 96% of
patients)
Apply a specially formulated lip ointment to moisten and soften your lips.
Redness of the face
(occurs in 55 % of
patients)
Apply a non-irritating water-based moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. To help reduce further drying, wash your face with a non-irritating, water-based cleanser.
Dry nose
(occurs in 51% of
patients)
Apply a nasal lubricant to avoid nosebleeds. Use a humidifier in your bedroom.
Dry, itchy skin
(occurs in 30% of
patients)
Apply a non-irritating water-based moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. To help reduce further drying, wash your face with a non-irritating, water-based cleanser.
Inflammation of
eyelids
(occurs in 19% of
patients)
See your doctor. He/she may need to adjust your Clarus dosage.
Joint pain
(occurs in 13% of
patients)
Joint pain is usually related to exercise. Over-the-counter pain relief may help. Otherwise, see your doctor if the pain becomes troublesome.
Hair thinning
(occurs in 13% of
patients)
In most cases, hair thinning is temporary, but tell your doctor because he/she may need to change your dosage. In a very small number of cases, hair thinning may be permanent.
Dry eyes
(occurs in 11% of
patients)
Use an artificial tears product. If you wear contact lenses, choose a product that’s compatible with your contacts.

Pregnancy Prevention

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