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Tazorac Cream

Tazorac Cream Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 11/23/2015

Tazorac (tazarotene) cream or gel is a compound similar to vitamin A 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). Common side effects of Tazorac include application site reactions such as itching, redness, irritation, burning, stinging, scaling, peeling, dry skin, rash, acne, pain, or inflammation of the lips.

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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Tazorac Cream in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using tazarotene topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe skin irritation (burning, stinging, itching) after applying this medication;
  • severe redness or discomfort; or
  • swelling, warmth, oozing, or other signs of skin infection.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or itching;
  • mild pain, redness, or irritation; or
  • skin dryness or peeling.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Tazorac Cream (Tazarotene Cream)

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Tazorac Cream Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Itching, redness, irritation, burning/stinging, scaling, dry skin, or pain at application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, 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 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.

Read the entire patient information overview for Tazorac Cream (Tazarotene Cream)

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Tazorac Cream FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
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Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the 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.

In human dermal safety trials, TAZORAC® Cream, 0.05% and 0.1% did not induce allergic contact sensitization, phototoxicity, or photoallergy.


The most frequent adverse reactions reported with TAZORAC® Cream, 0.05% and 0.1% occurring in 10 to 23% of subjects, in descending order, included pruritus, erythema, and burning. Reactions occurring in greater than 1 to less than 10% of subjects, 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.

TAZORAC® Cream, 0.1% was associated with a greater degree of local irritation than the 0.05% cream. The rates of irritation adverse reactions reported during psoriasis trials with TAZORAC® Cream, 0.1% were 0.1 0.4% higher than those reported for TAZORAC® Cream, 0.05%.


The most frequent adverse reactions reported during clinical trials with TAZORAC® Cream 0.1% in the treatment of acne, occurring in 10-30% of subjects, in descending order included desquamation, dry skin, erythema, and burning sensation. Reactions occurring in 1 to 5% of subjects included pruritus, irritation, face pain, and stinging.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Tazorac Cream (Tazarotene Cream)

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