Generic Name: tazarotene, Topical cream

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Highlights for tazarotene

Topical cream
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TAZAROTENE (ta ZAR oh teen) is applied to the skin to treat psoriasis and mild to moderate acne.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Topical gelTopical foam
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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tazarotene Side Effects

Topical cream

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • changes in skin color
  • deep grooves or lines in skin
  • pain or tenderness of the skin
  • severe burning, dryness, itching, reddening, crusting, or swelling of the treated areas

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry skin
  • increased sensitivity to the sun
  • itching
  • mild burning or stinging after applying
  • red, inflamed, and irritated skin, the skin may peel after a few days
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tazarotene May Interact with Other Medications

Topical cream
  • medicines that may dry your skin such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • medicines that may increase your sensitivity to the sun such as tetracycline, thiazide diuretics, quinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and others), phenothiazines (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, thioridazine, trifluoperazine), and sulfa drugs
  • vitamin A supplements
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How to Use tazarotene

Topical cream

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. If you use a cream or lotion to soften your skin, apply this medicine after all of the other cream or lotion has been absorbed. Apply just enough cream to cover the affected areas. Rub in gently. Do not cover area with a tight dressing. Wash your hands after applying this medicine unless you are treating your hands for psoriasis. If the cream accidentally gets on areas you do not treat, wash it off.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • sensitivity to the sun or sunburn
  • skin cancer or family history of skin cancer
  • skin conditions or sensitivity
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to tazarotene, vitamin A, benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

After using this medicine, you may notice itching, burning or stinging. This may happen less often as your skin gets used to the medicine. Talk to your doctor or health care professional if increased sensitivity or irritation occurs. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition gets worse.

Women who may become pregnant should use effective birth control methods while using this medicine. It may cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. You will need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting treatment with this medicine.

Use this medicine with caution if you are also using other products with a strong skin drying effect. This may include products with a high alcohol content, astringents, spices, the peel of lime or other citrus, medicated soaps or shampoos, permanent wave solutions, electrolysis, hair removers or waxes, or any other preparations or processes that might dry or irritate your skin. Talk to doctor or health care professional before using these products.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.Avoid weather extremes because they may be more irritating to patients using this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature, but less than 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Keep tube tightly closed when not using. Throw away any unused cream after the expiration date.

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