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Tazorac (Tazarotene) belongs to a group of medications called retinoids. It is used to treat plaque psoriasis and Acne vulgaris.
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Tazorac (Tazarotene) belongs to a group of medications called retinoids. It is used to treat plaque psoriasis and Acne vulgaris. The cream form is also used to treat the signs and symptoms (appearance and texture) of premature aging of the skin caused by overexposureto the sun (photodamage).
Tazorac (Tazarotene) helps psoriasis by reducing inflammation and keeping skin cell growth down to a normal rate. It appears to help acne partly by keeping skin pores clear. You will begin to see improvement about 1 to 4 weeks after starting the medication, depending on what you are using it for.
Tazorac (Tazarotene) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Tazorac (Tazarotene) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Tazorac (Tazarotene) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Tazorac (Tazarotene) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Tazorac (Tazarotene), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Tazorac (Tazarotene) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Tazorac (Tazarotene) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Tazorac (Tazarotene) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
For psoriasis, apply a thin film of Tazorac (Tazarotene) cream or gel once daily in the evening only to the affected areas. The skin should be dry before applying the medication. If emollient or moisturizing creams are also being used, apply these first (at least an hour before) and allow them to absorb into the skin before applying the Tazorac (Tazarotene) cream or gel.
For acne, gently cleanse and dry the skin. Apply a thin film of cream or gel to the entire face (everything between the hairline, jawline, and ears) once a day in the evening.
For photodamage, remove makeup before applying the cream. Apply a pea-sized amount of cream to the entire face, including a careful application to the eyelids if desired.
Take special care to minimize contact with the eyes, lips, and mucous-producing areas. Make sure the skin is dry before application. If you apply a moisturizer before Tazorac (Tazarotene), allow it to absorb into the skin before applying the Tazorac (Tazarotene) cream.
Wash your hands with soap and water after applying the gel or cream, unless you are treating psoriasis on your hands.
Tazorac (Tazarotene) may cause increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and protective clothing should be used when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Avoid getting the medication in your eyes, and do not take the medication by mouth. Do not cover the treatment areas with dressings or bandages. Do not apply to skin that is broken or severely inflamed.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use Tazorac (Tazarotene) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of Tazorac (Tazarotene), do not apply the missed dose but return to your regular schedule as soon as possible. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.Store Tazorac (Tazarotene) at room temperature and keep it out of reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Tazorac (Tazarotene). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Tazorac (Tazarotene) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Tazorac (Tazarotene). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
The following side effects are generally mild and go away as your body becomes used to the medicine. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Tazorac (Tazarotene).
Each g of white-to-slightly-off-white emollient cream contains Tazorac (Tazarotene) 0.05% (w/w) or 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol (as preservative), Carbomer 934P, Carbomer 1342, edetate disodium, medium chain triglycerides, mineral oil, purified water, sodium thiosulfate, sodium hydroxide (to adjust the pH), and sorbitan monooleate.
Each g of colourless-to-light-yellow, translucent homogeneous gel contains Tazorac (Tazarotene) 0.05% (w/w) or 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ascorbic acid, benzyl alcohol, butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene, carbomer 934P, edetate disodium, hexylene glycol, poloxamer 407, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 40, purified water, and tromethamine.
Do not use Tazorac (Tazarotene) if you:
There may be an interaction between Tazorac (Tazarotene) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.Medications other than those listed above may interact with Tazorac (Tazarotene). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Tazorac (Tazarotene).
Eczema: Retinoids can cause severe irritation of eczema. If you have eczema, your doctor will monitor your condition while you are using Tazorac (Tazarotene).
Exposure to sunlight: This medication can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Make sure you use sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and protective clothing when exposed to sunlight. People with Sunburn should not use Tazorac (Tazarotene) until they have fully recovered.
Pregnancy: It is recommended that pregnant women do not use Tazorac (Tazarotene). Women who may become pregnant should use an effective method of birth control while using Tazorac (Tazarotene). If you become pregnant while taking Tazorac (Tazarotene), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Tazorac (Tazarotene) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Tazorac (Tazarotene),it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Tazorac (Tazarotene) have not been established for children less than 12 years of age.
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