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Tazorac: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on April 3, 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

Tazorac is a topical retinoid that may be used for the treatment of acne or psoriasis. Itching, burning, stinging, dryness and flaking, and skin redness are the most common side effects reported. Although Tazorac may start to have an effect within one to two weeks, it may take up to 24 weeks before the full effects are seen.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

7. Interactions

Tazorac does not interact with many drugs that are taken orally because it is applied topically to the skin. However, there may be an exacerbating effect with oral medications that also increase sun sensitivity, resulting in severe sunburn. Examples include:

Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with Tazorac. Refer to the prescribing information for Tazorac for a complete list of interactions. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Tazorac 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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