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Important: For skin use only. Do not get Fabior Foam in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.
Read the Patient Information that comes with Fabior Foam before you start using it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.
What is Fabior Foam?
Fabior Foam is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat acne in people 12 years and older.
It is not known if Fabior Foam is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
Who should not use Fabior Foam?
Do not use Fabior Foam if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Fabior Foam may harm your unborn baby, if used during pregnancy.
If you are a female who can become pregnant:
- Use an effective method of birth control during treatment with Fabior Foam. Talk with your doctor about birth control methods that are right for you during treatment with Fabior Foam.
- Your doctor should do a blood or urine pregnancy test within 2 weeks before you begin to use Fabior Foam to be sure you are not pregnant.
- If you have menstrual periods, begin using Fabior Foam during a normal menstrual period to help assure that you are not pregnant when you begin use.
Stop using Fabior Foam and call your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment with Fabior Foam.
What should I tell my doctor before using Fabior Foam?
Before you use Fabior Foam, tell your doctor if you:
- or a family member have or had skin cancer.
- have eczema.
- have had a reaction to topical products in the past.
- have any condition that makes you sensitive to light.
- have any other medical conditions.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. See “Who should not use Fabior Foam?”
- are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if tazarotene passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will use Fabior Foam or breastfeed. You should not do both. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you use Fabior Foam.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your doctor if you:
- use other medicines or products that make your skin dry
- take other medicines that may increase your sensitivity to sunlight
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I use Fabior Foam?
- Use Fabior Foam exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not use more Fabior Foam than prescribed and do not use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- If you are a female and have menstrual periods, begin using Fabior Foam during a normal menstrual period to help assure that you are not pregnant when you begin use. See “Who should not use Fabior Foam?”
- Fabior Foam is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, and smoking during and right after you apply Fabior Foam.
- Gently clean the affected area (face and/or upper trunk) with a mild cleanser and dry completely before using Fabior Foam.
- Apply Fabior Foam one time each day, before going to bed, to the affected areas (face and/or upper trunk) where you have acne lesions. Use enough foam to cover the entire affected area with a thin film of Fabior Foam.
- Keep Fabior Foam away from your eyes, mouth, and vagina. If Fabior Foam comes into contact with your eyes, rinse them well with water.
- Wash your hands after applying Fabior Foam.
- If you use too much Fabior Foam, you may get redness, peeling or skin irritation in the treated area. Call your doctor if this happens, or if you accidentally swallow Fabior Foam.
- Follow your doctor's directions for other routine skin care and the use of make-up.
- You may also use a moisturizer as needed.
Instructions for applying Fabior Foam
1. Shake the Fabior Foam can before use.
2. Remove cap from can. Nozzle should be lined up with black mark on rim of can. If black mark is not lined up with the nozzle, twist nozzle to line up with black mark. See Figure A.
3. Hold the Fabior Foam can upright at a slight angle and press the nozzle. See Figure B.
4. Dispense a small amount of Fabior Foam into the palm of your hand. See Figure C.
5. Use the fingertips of your other hand to apply enough Fabior Foam to cover the affected area with a thin layer. Gently rub the foam into the affected area until it disappears into the skin. See Figure D.
6. Wash hands after applying Fabior Foam. See Figure E.
Avoid getting Fabior Foam in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.
What should I avoid while using Fabior Foam?
- Avoid using abrasive soaps or cleansers that might dry or irritate your skin, unless your doctor tells you it is ok.
- Avoid sunlight. Fabior Foam can make your skin sensitive to sunlight and the light from sunlamps or tanning beds. You could get a sunburn. Use sunscreen and protective clothing during the day if you must be in sunlight.
- Avoid using Fabior Foam if you have a sunburn. If you have a sunburn, wait until it is fully healed before using Fabior Foam.
- Talk to your doctor before using Fabior Foam if you are sensitive to sunlight, take medications that increase your sensitivity to sunlight, or you must spend a lot of time in the sun for your job.
- Avoid weather extremes, such as wind and cold because they may irritate your skin more while you are using Fabior Foam.
What are the possible side effects of Fabior Foam?
Fabior Foam may harm your unborn baby, if used during pregnancy.
- Do not use Fabior Foam during pregnancy. See “Who should not use Fabior Foam?”
The most common side effects of Fabior Foam are:
- burning or stinging
- dry skin
- red skin
- peeling or flaking skin
Sometimes these symptoms can become severe and may be uncomfortable. Tell your doctor if these side effects become uncomfortable for you. Your doctor may tell you to stop using Fabior Foam until your skin heals and your symptoms improve, or to use Fabior Foam less often to help you tolerate it better.
These are not all the possible side effects of Fabior Foam. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
You may also report side effects to Stiefel Laboratories, Inc at 1-888-784-3335.
How should I store Fabior Foam?
- Store Fabior Foam at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
- Store Fabior Foam upright.
- Do not freeze Fabior Foam.
- Fabior Foam is flammable. Keep the can away from fire and heat. Do not spray Fabior Foam near fire or direct heat.
- Do not puncture the can or throw it into a fire, even if the can is empty.
Keep Fabior Foam and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General Information about Fabior Foam
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in Patient Information leaflets. Do not use Fabior Foam for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Fabior Foam to other people even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about Fabior Foam. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Fabior Foam that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in Fabior Foam?
Active ingredient: tazarotene
Inactive ingredients: butylated hydroxytoluene, ceteareth-12, citric acid anhydrous, diisopropyl adipate, light mineral oil, potassium citrate monohydrate, potassium sorbate, purified water, and sorbic acid. The foam is dispensed from an aluminum can pressurized with a hydrocarbon (propane/n-butane/isobutane) propellant.
This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Last reviewed on RxList: 5/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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