February 14, 2016


Fabior Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Fabior is a retinoid indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age or older. Fabior is not available as a generic. Common side effects are application site irritation, application site dryness, and application site exfoliation. Note that the foam is flammable.

Dosed in 0.1% (strength is 1mg/g) foam, patients should apply a thin layer to the entire affected areas of the face and/or upper trunk once daily in the evening, avoiding the eyes, lips, and mucous membranes. Be sure to wash hands after application. Fabior may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. If the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, treatment should be discontinued and the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Females of child-bearing potential should be warned of the potential risk and use adequate birth control measures when Fabior is used. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. The safe use of Fabior during lactation or in children under 12 years old has not been established. A decision should be made whether to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue Fabior therapy taking into account the benefit of breastfeeding for the child and the benefit of therapy for the woman.

Our Fabior Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Fabior FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

The safety data reflect exposure to Fabior Foam in 744 patients with acne vulgaris. Patients were 12 years to 45 years of age and were treated once daily in the evening for 12 weeks. Adverse reactions reported in ≥ 1% of patients treated with Fabior Foam are presented in Table 1. Most adverse reactions were mild to moderate in severity. Severe adverse reactions represented 3.0% of the patients treated. Overall, 2.6% (20/744) of patients discontinued Fabior Foam because of local skin reactions.

Table 1: Incidence of Adverse Reactions in ≥ 1 % of Patients Treated with Fabior Foam

  Fabior Foam
Vehicle Foam
Patients with any adverse reaction, n (%) 163 (22) 19 (3)
Application site irritation 107 (14) 9 (1)
Application site dryness 50 (7) 8 (1)
Application site erythema 48 (6) 3 ( < 1)
Application site exfoliation 44 (6) 3 ( < 1)
Application site pain 9 (1) 0
Application site photosensitivity (including sunburn) 8 (1) 3 ( < 1)
Application site pruritus 7 (1) 3 ( < 1)
Application site dermatitis 6 (1) 1 ( < 1)

Additional adverse reactions that were reported in < 1% of patients treated with Fabior Foam included application site reactions (including discoloration, discomfort, edema, rash and swelling), dermatitis, impetigo and pruritus.

Local skin reactions, dryness, erythema, and peeling actively assessed by the investigator and burning/stinging and itching reported by the patient were evaluated at baseline, during treatment, and end of treatment. During the 12 weeks of treatment, each local skin reaction peaked at week 2 and gradually reduced thereafter with the continued use of Fabior Foam.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Fabior (Tazarotene)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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