Tazorac Cream Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Tazorac (tazarotene) cream or gel is used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches) and to treat facial acne. Another brand of tazarotene cream (Avage) 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 (noncancerous freckles). It is a compound similar to vitamin A. Common side effects include itching, redness, irritation, burning/stinging, scaling, dry skin, or pain at application site.
Dose of Tazorac depends on the condition being treated. For psoriasis: treatment starts with Tazorac 0.05% Gel, with strength increased to 0.1% if tolerated and medically indicated. Apply once a day, to psoriatic lesions, using enough to cover only the lesion with a thin film to no more than 20% of body surface area. For acne: Cleanse the face and apply a thin film of Tazorac Gel 0.1% once a day, to the skin where acne lesions appear. Tazorac may interact with diuretics (water pills), antibiotics, or phenothiazines. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Tazorac must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor. It is recommended that men and women using this medication use two effective forms of birth control (e.g., condoms and birth control pills) while taking this medication. It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Tazorac (tazarotene) 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.
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Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using tazarotene topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives).
You may experience some skin burning, warmth, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, swelling, dryness, peeling, or irritation while using tazarotene topical. If these side effects are excessive, talk to your doctor. You may need a lower dose or less frequent applications of tazarotene topical.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Tazorac Cream Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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 immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe redness/irritation/peeling at application site.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Tazorac Cream FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In human dermal safety studies, tazarotene 0.05% and 0.1% creams did not induce allergic contact sensitization, phototoxicity, or photoallergy.
The most frequent adverse events reported with TAZORAC® (tazarotene cream) 0.05% and 0.1% creams were limited to the skin. Those occurring in 10 to 23% of patients, in descending order, included pruritus, erythema, and burning. Events occurring in > 1 to < 10% of patients, in descending order, included irritation, desquamation, stinging, contact dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema, worsening of psoriasis, skin pain, rash, hypertriglyceridemia, dry skin, skin inflammation, and peripheral edema.
Tazarotene cream 0.1% was associated with a somewhat greater degree of local irritation than the 0.05% cream. In general, the rates of irritation adverse events reported during psoriasis studies with TAZORAC® (tazarotene cream) 0.1% Cream were 1 to 4 percentage points higher than those reported for TAZORAC® (tazarotene cream) 0.05% Cream.
The most frequent adverse reactions reported during clinical trials with TAZORAC® (tazarotene cream) Cream 0.1% in the treatment of acne, occurring in 10-30% of patients, in descending order included desquamation, dry skin, erythema, and burning sensation. Events occurring in 1 to 5% of patients included pruritus, irritation, face pain, and stinging.
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