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Tazarotene

Generic Name: tazarotene topical (ta ZAR oh teen)
Brand Name: Avage, Fabior, Tazorac
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Drug Information:
Tazarotene topical (for use on skin) is a compound similar to Vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and may improve the appearance and texture of skin. The Avage brand of tazarotene cream is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles on the face, mottled light and dark skin patches on the face, and benign facial lentigines (non-cancerous freckles) in adults and adolescents who are at least 17 years old. The Fabior and TAzorac brands of tazarotene topical are used to treat acne vulgaris in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old. Learn more

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Tazarotene Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of tazarotene topical include: burning sensation, burning sensation of skin, desquamation, exacerbation of psoriasis, pruritus, skin irritation, stinging of the skin, erythema of skin, localized erythema, skin pain, and xeroderma. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to tazarotene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, tazarotene topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking tazarotene topical:

More common

  • Burning or stinging of the skin (severe)
  • changes in color of the treated skin
  • deep grooves or lines in the skin
  • dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (severe)
  • pain or swelling of the treated skin
  • skin rash (in patients with psoriasis only)

Incidence not known

  • Blistering, crusting, or irritation of the skin
  • cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • flaking and falling off of the skin
  • swelling at or near the application site

Some side effects of tazarotene topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Burning or stinging after application
  • dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (mild)

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tazarotene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Desquamation (29%), dry skin (27%), erythema (21%), burning sensation (14%)

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, irritation, nonspecific rash, irritant contact dermatitis, skin pain, worsening of psoriasis, stinging sensation, inflammation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cheilitis, excoriated skin, eczema, erythema sun-induced, papules, skin tightness, worsened acne

Postmarketing reports: Blister, dermatitis, urticaria, skin exfoliation, swelling at or near application sites, skin discoloration (including skin hyperpigmentation or skin hypopigmentation)

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertriglyceridemia

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Facial pain

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Eyelid edema, eyelid irritation, eyelid inflammation

Immunologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Infection

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngitis

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache, hypesthesia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Tazarotene (www.drugs.com/mtm/tazarotene-topical.html).