Generic Name: tazarotene topical (ta ZAR oh teen)
Brand Names: Avage, Fabior, Tazorac
What is Fabior?
Fabior (tazarotene) is a compound similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and may improve the appearance and texture of skin.
Fabior foam is used to treat acne vulgaris in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old.
It is not known if Fabior Foam is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
Tazarotene can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. You must have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks before starting this treatment. Use effective birth control while using Fabior. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, if you stop using birth control, or if you miss a menstrual period. Women who use Fabior should start the medication during a menstrual period.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Fabior can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) when you are outdoors. Do not use the foam on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated. Also avoid using this medication in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have fully healed before using this medicine.
Ask a doctor before using other skin products that might dry or irritate your skin.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Fabior if you are allergic to tazarotene, or if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.
To make sure Fabior is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
eczema, sunburn, or another skin condition;
a personal or family history of skin cancer;
lentigo maligna (a type of skin cancer);
a history of allergic reaction to a skin product;
if you are sensitive to sunlight; or
if you work outdoors; or
if you are taking an antibiotic or other medicine that can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
FDA pregnancy category X. This medicine can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use Fabior if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use effective birth control while you are using this medicine.
See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
You must have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks before starting this treatment. Use effective birth control while using Fabior foam.
Stop using Fabior and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, if you stop using birth control, or if you miss a menstrual period.
It is not known whether tazarotene topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.This medicine should not be used to treat acne in a child younger than 12 years old.
How should I use Fabior?
Fabior foam is usually applied once daily in the evening or at bedtime. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before and after using Fabior, unless you are using this medicine to treat the skin on your hands.
Women who use Fabior should start the medication during a menstrual period.
Wash the skin with a mild cleanser and allow it to dry completely. Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected skin, and rub in completely.
Avoid applying the medication to unaffected areas. If medication accidentally gets on areas that do not need treatment, wash it off.
If you use a skin moisturizer, use it before or after applying Fabior. Wait until the moisturizer or the medicine is completely absorbed before applying the other substance over it.
Shake the Fabior foam well just before each use.
Your skin may be more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind during treatment. Protect your skin with clothing and use a moisturizing cream or lotion as needed.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
Fabior foam is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty foam canister. Store the bottle in an upright position.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of Fabior is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medicine.
What should I avoid while using Fabior?
Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, mouth, or vagina. If this does happen, rinse with water.
Do not use Fabior on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Also avoid using this medicine in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have fully healed before using Fabior.
If you also use a benzoyl peroxide acne medication, do not use it at the same time you use Fabior. Apply one medication only in the morning and the other only in the evening.
Avoid using other skin medications on the areas you treat with Fabior unless your doctor tells you to.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Fabior can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.
Fabior side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Fabior foam: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Fabior and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe skin irritation (burning, stinging, itching) after applying the medicine;
severe redness or discomfort; or
swelling, warmth, oozing, or other signs of skin infection.
Common Fabior side effects may include:
dry, scaly, or peeling skin;
skin redness or burning; or
itching or other irritation of treated skin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Fabior?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied tazarotene. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Fabior.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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