Tazarotene

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Generic Name: Tazarotene Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Tazarotene used for?

Tazarotene is used to reduce fine wrinkles and dark and light spots on your face. Tazarotene is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It is important to use this medication with a total skin care program and avoid exposure to sunlight.

How should I take Tazarotene?

This medication is for use on the face only.

Wash and dry your hands before applying the medication, then clean your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Wait at least 20 minutes before applying the medication to make sure your face is dry. Apply a pea-sized amount of this medication to the affected areas on your face as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime. Wash your hands well after applying. In the morning, apply a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater.

You may use a moisturizing cream or lotion on your face before or after you apply this medication. Make sure that either the moisturizer or medication has been absorbed into your skin, and that your skin is dry before you apply the second product.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or mouth. If this happens, rinse right away with plenty of cool water.

Do not apply this medication to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or affected by eczema. Consult your doctor for more information.

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.

How do I store Tazarotene?

Tazarotene is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Tazarotene in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Tazarotene that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Tazarotene down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Tazarotene?

Before using tazarotene, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to vitamin A-related drugs (other retinoids such as isotretinoin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: other skin conditions (such as eczema, sunburn, sun sensitivity).

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen daily and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Wait until your skin has completely recovered from a sunburn before using this medication. Weather extremes such as wind or cold may also be irritating to the skin.

Avoid electrolysis, waxing, and chemical depilatories for hair removal on the treated areas while using this product.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Before starting this medication, women who could become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test result within the last 2 weeks. This medication should be started during a normal menstrual period.

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.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Tazarotene during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Tazarotene. Tazarotene is pregnancy risk category N according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Tazarotene?

Itching, burning/stinging, redness, irritation, dryness or peeling of the skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: skin rash or cracking, discoloration or bleeding of the skin.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, severe itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Tazarotene?

Some products that may interact with this drug include: vitamin A products, hair perming solutions, other skin products with strong drying effects, skin products containing alcohol/lime/spice (such as shaving lotions, astringents such as calamine lotion, perfume), soaps/shampoos/cleansers that are medicated/abrasive.

Tazarotene may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Tazarotene?

Tazarotene may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Tazarotene?

Tazarotene may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Tazarotene.

What is the dose of Tazarotene for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Plaque Psoriasis

Cream:

-Begin therapy with the 0.05% cream: Apply a thin film once a day in the evening, covering only the psoriatic lesions; if the 0.05% strength is tolerated, the strength may be increased to 0.1%, if needed

Gel:

-Begin therapy with the 0.05% gel: Apply a thin film once a day in the evening covering only the psoriatic lesions to no more than 20% of body surface area; if the 0.05% strength is tolerated, the strength may be increased to 0.1%, if needed

Comments:

-If a bath or shower is taken prior to application, the skin should be dry before applying the cream.

-If emollients are used, apply at least one hour before this drug.

-Avoid applying to unaffected skin because it may be more susceptible to irritation.

Uses:

-The cream (0.05% and 0.1%) is indicated for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis

-The gel (0.05% and 0.1%) is indicated for the topical treatment of stable plaque psoriasis of up to 20% body surface area involvement

Usual Adult Dose for Acne

0.1% cream: Apply a thin layer once daily in the evening to skin areas where acne lesions appear; use enough to cover the entire affected area

0.1% gel: Apply a thin film once daily in the evening to skin areas where acne lesions appear; use enough to cover the entire affected area; use beyond 12 weeks has not been studied

Comments:

-Cleanse the face gently and dry before application.

-Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing while using this drug.

Uses:

-The 0.1% cream is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris

-The 0.1% gel is indicated for the topical treatment of facial acne vulgaris of mild to moderate severity

Other Comments

General:

-For topical use only.

-Not for ophthalmic, oral, or intravaginal use.

-Patients should be advised to wash their hands after application of the gel to avoid accidental transfer to the eyes.

-If contact with eyes or mucous membranes occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.

-Wash hands thoroughly after application.

-If skin irritation develops, interrupt therapy.

-Advise patients to avoid excessive exposure to UV light (e.g., sunlight, use of a solarium, PUVA, or UVB) during therapy.

-This drug should be administered with caution if the patient is also taking drugs known to be photosensitizers (e.g., thiazides, tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, phenothiazines, sulfonamides) because of the increased possibility of augmented photosensitivity.

What is the dose of Tazarotene for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne

12 years or older:

0.1% cream: Apply a thin layer once daily in the evening to skin areas where acne lesions appear; use enough to cover the entire affected area

12 years or older:

0.1% gel: Apply a thin film once daily in the evening to skin areas where acne lesions appear; use enough to cover the entire affected area; use beyond 12 weeks has not been studied

Comments:

-Cleanse the face gently and dry before application.

-Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing while using this drug.

Uses:

-The 0.1% cream is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris

-The 0.1% gel is indicated for the topical treatment of facial acne vulgaris of mild to moderate severity

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 18 years for psoriasis.

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 12 years for acne.

How is Tazarotene available?

Tazarotene is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical gel,
  • Topical cream,
  • Topical foam.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Tazarotene, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: June 1, 2018 | Last Modified: June 1, 2018

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