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Tazarotene foam

Generic Name: tazarotene (taz-AR-oh-teen)
Brand Name: Fabior

Tazarotene foam is used for:

Treating acne in people 12 years of age and older. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tazarotene foam is a retinoid. The specific way tazarotene foam works is not completely understood. It may decrease skin inflammation and skin changes associated with acne.

Do NOT use tazarotene foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in tazarotene foam
  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using tazarotene foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with tazarotene foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are able to become pregnant
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have eczema, a sunburn, or if you are unusually sensitive to sunlight
  • if you or a family member have or have had skin cancer
  • if you have had a reaction to medicines on your skin in the past

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with tazarotene foam. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Fluoroquinolones (eg, levofloxacin), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), sulfonamides (eg, glipizide, sulfamethoxazole), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), thiazide diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), or other medicines that may increase the risk of sensitivity to light. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if any of your medicines may increase this risk.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if tazarotene foam may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use tazarotene foam:

Use tazarotene foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with tazarotene foam. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Apply tazarotene foam once daily, before going to bed, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Before applying tazarotene foam, gently wash the affected area (face and/or upper trunk) with a mild cleanser, and fully dry the area.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Dispense a small amount of the foam into the palm of your hand. Using your fingertips, apply only enough foam to lightly cover the entire affected area with a thin film. Gently massage the foam into the skin until it disappears.
  • Tazarotene foam is for external use only. Do not get tazarotene foam in your eyes, nose, vagina, or mouth. If you get tazarotene foam in any of these areas, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using tazarotene foam.
  • You may use a moisturizer as needed while using tazarotene foam.
  • If you miss a dose of tazarotene foam, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use tazarotene foam.

Important safety information:

  • If your condition does not get better, or if it gets worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Tazarotene foam is flammable. Avoid heat, an open flame, and smoking during and right after you apply tazarotene foam.
  • Avoid using other topical medication, cosmetics, or other products that have a strong drying effect. If you have dry skin from using these products, allow your skin to "rest" before using tazarotene foam.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any sunscreen, makeup, other medicines, or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not use tazarotene foam on skin with eczema or for any condition other than that for which it was prescribed.
  • If you have a sunburn, do not use tazarotene foam on the sunburned skin until it has fully healed.
  • Weather extremes, such as windy or cold weather, may irritate your skin more while you are using tazarotene foam.
  • Tazarotene foam may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Tazarotene foam may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths while using tazarotene foam. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Women of childbearing potential should use effective birth control methods (eg, condoms, birth control pills, diaphragms) while using tazarotene foam. Talk with your doctor about birth control methods that are right for you while using tazarotene foam.
  • Women of childbearing potential should have a negative pregnancy test 2 weeks before starting tazarotene foam. If you have menstrual periods, begin using tazarotene foam during a normal menstrual period. Contact your health care provider at once if you become pregnant while using tazarotene foam.
  • Tazarotene foam should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use tazarotene foam if you are pregnant. It may cause harm to the fetus. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if tazarotene foam is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking tazarotene foam.

Possible side effects of tazarotene foam:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; dry skin; mild skin redness, peeling, flaking, or discomfort; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent skin redness, peeling, or discomfort.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe redness, peeling, or discomfort. Tazarotene foam may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of tazarotene foam:

Store tazarotene foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store tazarotene foam upright. Do not freeze tazarotene foam. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not puncture or break the container or throw it into a fire, even if it appears empty. Keep tazarotene foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about tazarotene foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tazarotene foam is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take tazarotene foam or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about tazarotene foam. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tazarotene foam. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using tazarotene foam.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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