Accutane vs. Tazorac

Are Accutane and Tazorac the Same Thing?

Accutane (isotretinoin) and Tazorac (tazarotene) are forms of vitamin A called retinoids used for the treatment and prevention of severe acne.

Tazorac is also used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches).

The Avage brand of tazarotene cream 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).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Accutane?

Common side effects of Accutane include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tazorac?

Common side effects of Tazorac include:

  • itching,
  • redness,
  • irritation,
  • burning/stinging,
  • scaling,
  • dry skin,
  • peeling, or
  • pain at application site, and
  • skin sensitivity to sunlight.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Tazorac Gel including:

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

What is Accutane?

Accutane (isotretinoin) is a retinoid used for the treatment and prevention of severe acne. The brand name Accutane is discontinued in the U.S., but generic formulations are available.

What is Tazorac?

Tazorac (tazarotene) Gel is a compound similar to vitamin A used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches) and to treat facial acne. The Avage brand of tazarotene cream 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).

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What Drugs Interact With Accutane?

Accutane may interact with steroids, seizure medications, or tetracycline antibiotics

What Drugs Interact With Tazorac?

Tazorac may interact with certain antibiotics.

Tazorac may also interact with other topical products that have a drying effect, diuretics, or phenothiazines.

How Should Accutane Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Accutane is 0.5 to 2 mg per kg of body weight daily.

How Should Tazorac Be Taken?

To treat psoriasis, the recommended starting dose of Tazorac is 0.05% gel, with strength increased to 0.1% if tolerated and indicated. Apply a dose of Tazorac Gel once a day, in the evening, to psoriatic lesions, using enough (2 mg/cm²) to cover only the lesion with a thin film to no more than 20% of body surface area. To treat acne, after cleansing the face, apply a thin film dose of Tazorac Gel 0.1% (2 mg/cm²) once a day, in the evening, to the skin where acne lesions appear.

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References
SOURCE:

FDA. Accutane Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2008/018662s059lbl.pdf

Allergan. Tazorac Product Information.

www.tazorac.com

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