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Tazarotene topical: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on July 5, 2023.

1. How it works

2. Upsides

3. Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. View complete list of side effects

4. Bottom Line

Tazarotene topical is a retinoid preparation that may be used to treat psoriasis, acne, or photoaging. It is available as a cream, gel, foam, or lotion, and itching, burning, redness, stinging, dryness, and irritation are the main side effects reported, and it can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun. It should not be used during pregnancy because it may cause harm to a developing baby. Beneficial effects on the skin are seen within 1 to 4 weeks depending on the condition being treated.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

7. Interactions

Medicines that interact with tazarotene topical may either decrease its effect, affect how long it works, increase side effects, or have less of an effect when taken with tazarotene topical. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of the medications; however, sometimes it does. Speak to your doctor about how drug interactions should be managed.

Common medications that may interact with tazarotene topical include:

Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with tazarotene topical. You should refer to the prescribing information for tazarotene topical for a complete list of interactions.


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use tazarotene topical only for the indication prescribed.

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

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