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Tazorac gel is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat facial acne and psoriasis.
How does this medication work?
Tazorac gel is thought to help reduce acne and relieve symptoms of psoriasis by decreasing inflammation and blocking the build-up of skin cells that cause plaques and clog pores.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
Acne: By helping clear your acne, Tazorac gel may improve the appearance of your skin.
Psoriasis: Tazorac gel has been shown to reduce symptoms of psoriasis, such as plaque thickness, redness, and scaling.
Acne: You may notice an improvement in your acne in about 4 weeks of starting Tazorac gel. However, it is important that you continue to use Tazorac gel exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for up to 12 weeks.
Psoriasis: You may begin to notice an improvement in your psoriasis plaques and scales in about 1 to 4 weeks. However, the redness may take longer to improve. It is important that you continue to use Tazorac gel exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
Contact your healthcare provider if your acne or psoriasis becomes worse.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin after starting treatment with Tazorac gel. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: peeling, burning/stinging, dry skin, redness, itching.
More common side effects may include: itching, burning/stinging, redness, irritation, skin pain.
Less common side effects of Tazorac gel may include:
Harm to your unborn baby if used during pregnancy. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you believe or suspect you are pregnant while you are using Tazorac gel. If you are a woman of childbearing age, you must have a pregnancy test within two weeks before you start treatment with Tazorac gel.
Do not use Tazorac gel if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not use Tazorac gel if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tazorac gel. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have eczema (an inflammation or irritation of the skin); sunburned skin; are sensitive to sunlight; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a thin film once a day, in the evening, to the affected area(s).
Use Tazorac gel exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not apply more or use Tazorac gel more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Instructions Specific to Treatment of Acne
Gently clean and dry your face before using Tazorac gel.
Follow your healthcare provider's directions for other routine skin care and the use of make-up. Talk to your healthcare provider about the use of sunscreens and cosmetics, especially those that dry your skin.
Instructions Specific to Treatment of Psoriasis
If you bathe or shower before applying Tazorac gel, be sure the skin is dry before applying the medicine.
Carefully avoid applying Tazorac gel to unaffected skin area. Tazorac gel may be more irritating to non-lesional skin.
Do not become pregnant while you are using Tazorac gel.
Do not expose your skin to excessive sunlight and ultraviolet lights (such as sunlamps or tanning beds) while using Tazorac gel. Use a daily sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, protective clothing, and a wide brimmed hat to protect your skin from sunlight.
Do not expose your skin to extreme cold weather and wind, as it may dry out or make your skin more prone to wind burn.
Do not use skin products that can dry or irritate your skin because skin dryness and irritation are increased with Tazorac gel.
Do not cover treated areas with dressings or bandages, unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
Do not get Tazorac gel in or near your eyes, eyelids, or mouth.
If Tazorac gel is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Tazorac gel with the following: medicated soaps or skin cleansers; products that contain alcohol, astringents, or spices; or other medicines that increase your sensitivity to sunlight (such as hydrochlorothiazide, doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, chlorpromazine, or sulfamethoxazole).
Tazorac gel may harm your unborn baby if used during pregnancy. Do not use Tazorac gel during pregnancy. The effects of Tazorac gel during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Tazorac gel, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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