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food interaction for SHALTOP A

alcohol interaction for SHALTOP A

pregnancy interaction for SHALTOP A

lactation interaction for SHALTOP A

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Shaltop a solution may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Shaltop a solution is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Azelaic Acid Topical(1.5% w/v)


Azelaic acid gel is used to treat the bumps, an area of abnormal tissue change (lesions), and swelling caused by rosacea (a skin disease that causes redness, flushing, and pimples on the face). Azelaic acid cream is used to treat pimples (acne) and melasma (dark patches over facial skin).

How it works

Azelaic acid belongs to a class of medications called as dicarboxylic acids. It treats pimples by killing the bacteria that cause infection of skin pores and by decreasing production of keratin, a natural substance that can lead to the development of pimples. It reduces production of dark pigment in skin (melanin) and helps in melasma. The way azelaic acid works to treat rosacea is not known.

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Itching, Skin rash, Erythema, Allergic skin rash, Burning sensation
Minoxidil Topical(2% w/v)


Minoxidil topical is used for the treatment of alopecia androgenetica (male pattern hereditary hair loss) in men and women by preventing hair loss and promoting hair regrowth.

How it works

Minoxidil belongs to the class of medications called as vasodilators. It stimulates hair growth in early and moderate stages of hereditary hair loss (alopecia androgenetica) by increasing the diameter of the hair shaft and stimulating and prolongating the growth phase of hair follicle (anagen). Minoxidil enhances blood flow to hair follicles thereby stimulating the growth.

Common side effects

Abnormal hair growth on a women face and body, Headache, Increased hair growth, Skin rash
Tretinoin Topical(0.025% w/v)


Tretinoin is topically used to treat acne (pimples), rough texture of facial skin, reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration.

How it works

Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A and belongs to a group of medications called as retinoids. It helps the skin to renew itself (causing peeling) and prevents skin inflammation.

Common side effects

Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Lip swelling, Application site skin tenderness, Application site reaction, Application site oozing, Application site blister, Darkening of skin, Facial redness, Flushing, Itching, Skin redness, Scaling


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Expert advice for SHALTOP A

Do not use azelaic acid for more than 12 months at any time.
Do not take if you are allergic to azelaic acid or any of its ingredients.
Before applying the cream/gel, clean the skin thoroughly with plain water and pat it dry.
Azelaic acid is for external use on the skin only. Do not allow azelaic acid to come in contact with your eyes, mouth or other inner skin layer (mucous membranes). If it does, wash immediately with cool water.
Inform your doctor if you have asthma before using azelaic acid.
Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for SHALTOP A

Azelaic Acid Topical

Q.Is azelaic acid an AHA/ retinoid/ antibiotic/ DHT blocker/ steroid?
Azelaic acid is not an AHA/retinoid/antibiotic/steroid. Azelaic acid may be an inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase which in turn decreases the levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). 
Q.Does azelaic acid topical work for wrinkles/ melasma/hair loss/redness/to get lighter skin?
Azelaic acid topical mainly used to treat pimples, sometimes for melasma and not recommended for other skin conditions.
Q.Does azelaic acid topical exfoliate?
There is not much evidence found for azelaic acid exfoliating dead skin.
Q.Does azelaic acid bleach clothes?
No, azelaic acid does not bleach clothes.

Minoxidil Topical

Q. Does minoxidil topical cause acne? 
Yes, minoxidil topical may cause acne in some individuals. If you experience any such side-effect, please consult your doctor.
Q. Is minoxidil topical effective for hair growth/regrowth? 
Yes, minoxidil topical is effective in hair growth/regrowth for patients with hereditary hair loss. However, each patient may respond differently to minoxidil treatment for hair growth.
Q. Is minoxidil topical effective for frontal baldness? 
Minoxidil topical is effective in hair growth for patients with hereditary hair loss, hence minoxidil may be useful in frontal baldness. Patients should follow advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Does minoxidil topical stimulate the growth of a beard? 
Minoxidil topical is used only on the scalp for hair growth in patients with hereditary hair loss. Patients should follow advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is minoxidil topical a steroid? 
No, minoxidil topical is not a steroid. 

Tretinoin Topical

Q. Is tretinoin topical a steroid/ retin a/ retin a/ a retinoid/retinol?
Tretinoin topical is not a steroid. It is a form of vitamin A (Retin-A) and belongs to a group of medications called as ‘retinoids’. Tretinoin and retinol are similar but tretinoin tends to be a bit more aggressive than retinol which is a bit more suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Q. Is tretinoin cream safe?
Tretinoin is safe if taken at recommended doses and duration. The gel form should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 12 years.
Q. Does tretinoin cream work/ is tretinoin cream good for acne/acne scars/lighten skin/thin the skin/work on wrinkles/fade dark spots/clog pores/cause breakouts?
Tretinoin cream works effectively in most of the patients. It is useful for treating most of the skin related issue like acne, acne scars, skin lightening, removing wrinkles, fade dark spots, clog pores, etc. It does not cause breakouts but helps the skin in healing it. 
Q. Is tretinoin available over the counter?
It is available only as per doctor’s prescription.


Content on this page was last updated on 15 March, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)