Generic Name: tazarotene topical (ta ZAR oh teen)
Brand Names: Avage, Fabior, Tazorac
What is Fabior?
Fabior (tazarotene) contains 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.
Fabior may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Fabior
Fabior 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 Fabior.
Ask a doctor before using other skin products that might dry or irritate your skin.
Before using Fabior
You should not use Fabior if you are allergic to tazarotene, or if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.
To make sure you can safely use Fabior, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
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.
FDA pregnancy category X. Fabior can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use Fabior if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Fabior. 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. It is not known whether tazarotene passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
See also: Fabior pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
How should I use Fabior?
Use Fabior foam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before and after using Fabior foam, unless you are using the medication to treat the skin on your hands.
Fabior is usually applied once daily in the evening or at bedtime. Use enough foam to cover the entire affected area with a thin film. Follow your doctor's instructions.
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. Shake the bottle well just before each use.
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.
Your skin may be more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind during treatment with Fabior. Protect your skin with clothing and use a moisturizing cream or lotion as needed.
Store Fabior foam 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?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled 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 medication.
Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while using Fabior?
Avoid getting this medication 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 medication in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have fully healed before using this medicine.
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 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 15 or higher) when you are outdoors. Ask a doctor before using other skin products that might dry or irritate your skin, such as: harsh soaps or skin cleansers, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, lime, medicated soaps or shampoos, permanent wave solutions, electrolysis, chemical hair removers or waxes, or other products that might dry or irritate the skin.
Fabior side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Fabior: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Fabior and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
severe skin irritation (burning, stinging, itching) after applying this medication;
severe redness or discomfort; or
swelling, warmth, oozing, or other signs of skin infection.
Less serious Fabior side effects may include:
mild burning, stinging, or itching;
mild pain, redness, or irritation; or
skin dryness or peeling.
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: Fabior side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Fabior?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
a diuretic (water pill) such as chlorothiazide (Diuril), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Hyzaar, Lopressor HCT, Vasoretic, Zestoretic), chlorthalidone (Hygroton, Thalitone), indapamide (Lozol), metolazone (Mykrox, Zaroxolyn), and others;
doxycycline (Doryx, Oracea, Periostat, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn), or tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap);
an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), or ofloxacin (Floxin);
phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), prochlorperazine (Compazine, Compro), promethazine (Pentazine, Phenergan, Anergan, Antinaus), thioridazine (Mellaril), or trifluoperazine (Stelazine); or
sulfa drugs (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP, and others).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Fabior. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
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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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