Tazarotene

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Pronounced

"tah-ZAIR-oh-teen"

Common brand names:

Tazorac

Uses

Tazarotene is used to treat psoriasis or acne. It is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It works by affecting the growth of skin cells.

The foam and lotion forms of this medication are only approved for use on acne.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using tazarotene and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is for use on the skin only. Wash and dry your hands before applying the medication. If you are treating acne, clean and dry the affected area. If you are treating psoriasis, make sure the skin is dry before applying the medication. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in as directed by your doctor, usually once a day in the evening. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

If you are using the foam form of this medication, shake the can before each use. The foam is flammable. Avoid smoking or going near an open flame while applying the medication.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, or vagina or on your eyelids or lips. If this happens, rinse with plenty of water.

Do not cover, bandage, or wrap the area. Do not apply this medication to normal, healthy skin. Also, do not apply this medication to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or affected by eczema.

After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. If you are using this medication on your hands, do not touch your eyes with your hands.

If you are also using a moisturizing cream or lotion, apply it at least 1 hour before applying this medication. If you are using the foam form of this medication, you may use a moisturizing cream or lotion as needed.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.

Do not use large amounts or apply this medication more often, or use for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

Since this drug is absorbed through the skin and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication.

Tell your doctor if you do not get better or if you get worse after several weeks of treatment.

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