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TAZAROTENE (PSORIASIS/ACNE) - TOPICAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Fabior, Tazorac
USES: Tazarotene is used to treat psoriasis or acne. It is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It works by affecting the growth of skin cells.
The foam form of this medication is only approved for use in acne.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this medication on the skin only. If you are treating acne, clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. If you are treating psoriasis, make sure the skin is dry before applying the medication. Apply a thin layer of this medication to the affected skin, usually once a day in the evening or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
If you are using the foam, shake the can before each use. The foam is flammable. Avoid smoking or going near an open flame while applying the medication.
Do not apply the medication in the eyes, eyelids, or mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.
Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area. Do not apply this medication to normal, healthy skin. Also, do not apply this medication to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or affected by eczema.
After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. If you are using this medication on your hands, do not touch your eyes with your hands.
If you are also using a moisturizing cream/lotion, apply it at least 1 hour before applying this medication.
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 apply a larger amount of this medication or use it more often than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.
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.
Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after several weeks.
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