Tazorac Gel (Tazarotene)
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Tazorac (tazarotene) Dosage and Side Effects
TAZORAC is applied topically to treat psoriasis and acne. It belongs to a class of drugs called retinoids. These drugs are thought to reduce skin inflammation and other skin changes.
Proper Use of this medication
TAZORAC comes as a 0.1 % cream or gel to apply to the skin. It's typically used once a day before bedtime.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't apply more TAZORAC than is recommended.
Avoid getting the medicine in your mouth, eyes, or eyelids, or on healthy skin areas. If this happens, rinse the area right away with water.
Don't cover the treated area with a bandage.
TAZORAC for acne: Cleanse your face before applying the medicine.
You can then use a moisturizer, if your doctor recommends one. Apply moisturizer at least one hour before using TAZORAC.
Next, spread a pea-sized drop of TAZORAC over the entire area of your face where you have acne.
Wash your hands after applying TAZORAC.
TAZORAC for psoriasis: Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Then, apply a thin film of TAZORAC to the lesion. Only cover the lesion that you're treating.
Wash your hands after applying TAZORAC, unless you're treating an area on your hands.
TAZORAC may be harmful if swallowed.
If you accidently swallow the cream or gel, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of TAZORAC
If you miss a dose of TAZORAC, apply it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next application, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule.
Don't apply extra TAZORAC to make up for a missed dose.
Common Side Effects of TAZORAC
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Dry skin
- Skin pain or inflammation
Serious Side Effects of TAZORAC
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Severe burning, redness, peeling, or itching
- Swelling of the skin, hands, or feet
- Worsening of psoriasis
- Signs of an allergic reaction (may include hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Warnings and Precautions
Before using TAZORAC, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- Other skin conditions, such as eczema
- Unusual sensitivity to sunlight
- Skin cancer
- High blood lipid levels (cholesterol or triglycerides)
- Allergies to other medicines
Don't use TAZORAC if you have a sunburn. Wait until your skin has fully healed.
Windy or cold weather conditions may irritate your skin while you're using TAZORAC.
The medicine may also cause you to sunburn more easily. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps, and use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
TAZORAC should be used with extreme caution in children. Safety and effectiveness in this age group hasn't been confirmed.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms don't improve, or worsen, after taking TAZORAC.
Talk with your healthcare provider before using other cosmetics, topical medications, sunscreens, or cleansers on your skin while using TAZORAC.
Avoid waxing, electrolysis, and chemical depilatories for hair removal on the areas you're treating with TAZORAC.
Pregnancy and TAZORAC
TAZORAC can harm an unborn baby. Don't use this medicine if you're pregnant, and be sure to use an effective method of birth control while you're using TAZORAC.
You must have a negative pregnancy test within the two weeks before you start using the medicine.
Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during your treatment.
It's not known whether the drug passes into breast milk or could harm a breastfeeding baby. Don't breastfeed while using TAZORAC.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Fluoroquinolones, such as Levaquin (levofloxacin) or Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Phenothiazines, such as Thorazine (chlorpromazine)
- Sulfonamides, such as Gantanol (sulfamethoxazole)
- Tetracyclines, such as Oracea (doxycycline)
- Thiazide diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide
- Vitamin A
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.