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Brand Names: Avage, Fabior, Tazorac

Generic Name: tazarotene topical (Pronunciation: ta ZAR oh teen)

What is tazarotene topical (Avage, Fabior, Tazorac)?

Tazarotene is a compound similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and may improve the appearance and texture of skin.

The Avage brand of tazarotene cream is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles on the face, mottled light and dark skin patches on the face, and benign facial lentigines (non-cancerous freckles) in adults and adolescents who are at least 17 years old.

The Fabior and Tazorac brands of tazarotene topical are used to treat acne vulgaris in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old.

Tazorac is also used to treat plaque psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin) in adults.

Tazarotene topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of tazarotene topical (Avage, Fabior, Tazorac)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using tazarotene topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe skin irritation (burning, stinging, itching) after applying this medication;
  • severe redness or discomfort; or
  • swelling, warmth, oozing, or other signs of skin infection.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or itching;
  • mild pain, redness, or irritation; or
  • skin dryness or peeling.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about tazarotene topical (Avage, Fabior, Tazorac)?

Tazarotene topical can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. 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.

Women who use tazarotene topical should start the medication during a menstrual period.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Tazarotene topical can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) when you are outdoors.

Do not use tazarotene topical on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated. Also avoid using this medication in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have fully healed before using tazarotene topical.

Ask a doctor before using other skin products that might dry or irritate your skin.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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