Generic Name: tazarotene (taz-AR-oh-teen)
Brand Name: Tazorac
Tazorac gel is used for:
Treating psoriasis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Tazorac gel is a retinoid. The specific way Tazorac gel works is not completely understood. It may decrease skin inflammation and skin changes associated with psoriasis.
Do NOT use Tazorac gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Tazorac gel
- you are pregnant
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Tazorac gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Tazorac gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
- 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 are of childbearing age
- if you have eczema, sunburn, or high blood lipid levels, or if you are unusually sensitive to sunlight
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Tazorac gel. 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 vitamin A because the risk of sunburn may be increased by Tazorac gel
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Tazorac gel 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 Tazorac gel:
Use Tazorac gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Tazorac gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Tazorac gel is for external use only.
- Apply Tazorac gel using a thin film to cover the lesion only.
- If a bath or shower is taken before applying Tazorac gel, make sure that the skin is dry before applying Tazorac gel.
- Do not allow Tazorac gel to come into contact with unaffected skin.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Tazorac gel, unless you have psoriasis on your hands.
- If you miss a dose of Tazorac gel, 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 Tazorac gel.
Important safety information:
- If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Avoid getting Tazorac gel in your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or on healthy skin. If you get Tazorac gel in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- 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 Tazorac gel.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines, cleansers, sunscreen or makeup on your skin.
- Do not use Tazorac gel on skin with eczema, or for any condition other than that for which it was prescribed.
- If you have a sunburn, do not use Tazorac gel 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 Tazorac gel.
- If you are using a cream or lotion to soften or moisten your skin, do not apply Tazorac gel until the first cream or lotion has been absorbed into your skin (at least 1 hour).
- Tazorac gel 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.
- Do not cover the treated area with dressings or bandages.
- Tazorac gel may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Tazorac gel. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Tazorac gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- Women of childbearing potential should use effective birth control methods (eg, condoms, birth control pills, diaphragms) while using Tazorac gel. You should have a negative pregnancy test 2 weeks before starting Tazorac gel. Contact your health care provider at once if you become pregnant while using Tazorac gel.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Tazorac gel if you are pregnant. 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 this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Tazorac gel.
Possible side effects of Tazorac gel:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Bleeding; burning; cracks in skin; dry skin; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; scaling; skin discoloration; skin inflammation; skin pain; stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or prolonged itching, burning, redness, or peeling; sunburn; swelling of the skin, hands, or feet; worsening of psoriasis.
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. Tazorac gel may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Tazorac gel:
Store Tazorac gel at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 23 and 86 degrees F (-5 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Tazorac gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Tazorac gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Tazorac gel 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 Tazorac gel 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 Tazorac gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Tazorac gel. 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 Tazorac gel.
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.