tazarotene topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using tazarotene topical (Avage, Fabior, Tazorac)?
You should not use tazarotene topical if you are allergic to it, or if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.
To make sure you can safely use tazarotene topical, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use tazarotene topical if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using tazarotene topical.
You must have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks before starting this treatment. Use effective birth control while using tazarotene topical.
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 topical 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.
How should I use tazarotene topical (Avage, Fabior, Tazorac)?
Use 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 tazarotene topical, unless you are using the medication to treat the skin on your hands.
Tazarotene topical is usually applied once daily in the evening or at bedtime. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Women who use tazarotene topical 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 Fabior foam well just before each use.
If you use a skin moisturizer, use it before or after applying tazarotene topical. 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 tazarotene topical. Protect your skin with clothing and use a moisturizing cream or lotion as needed.
Store 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.
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