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  • Generic Name: (tazarotene)
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  • Last Revised: 12/2013
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Tazorac gel is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat facial acne and psoriasis.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      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.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      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.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      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.


    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      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.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      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).

    • How should I take this medication?

      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.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      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.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      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).

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      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.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      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.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      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

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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