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Tazorac Side Effects

Generic name: tazarotene topical

Medically reviewed by Philip Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Apr 21, 2022.

Note: This document contains side effect information about tazarotene topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Tazorac.

Summary

Common side effects of Tazorac include: burning sensation of skin, exacerbation of psoriasis, pruritus, skin irritation, stinging of the skin, erythema of skin, localized erythema, skin pain, and xeroderma. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to tazarotene topical: topical cream, topical gel

Side effects include:

In patients with psoriasis: Pruritus, erythema, burning/stinging, worsening of psoriasis, irritation, skin pain.

In patients with acne: Desquamation, burning/stinging, dry skin, erythema, pruritus.

In patients treated for photoaging: Desquamation, erythema, burning, dry skin, skin irritation, pruritus.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tazarotene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel, topical lotion

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Desquamation (29%), dry skin (27%), erythema (21%), burning sensation (14%)

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, irritation, nonspecific rash, irritant contact dermatitis, skin pain, worsening of psoriasis, stinging sensation, inflammation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cheilitis, excoriated skin, eczema, erythema sun-induced, papules, skin tightness, worsened acne

Postmarketing reports: Blister, dermatitis, urticaria, skin exfoliation, swelling at or near application sites, skin discoloration (including skin hyperpigmentation or skin hypopigmentation)[Ref]

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertriglyceridemia[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Facial pain[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Eyelid edema, eyelid irritation, eyelid inflammation[Ref]

Immunologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Infection[Ref]

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache, hypesthesia[Ref]

Frequently asked questions

References

1. "Product Information. Tazorac (tazarotene topical)." Allergan Inc (2001):

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.