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What is Tazarotene used for?

Tazarotene is a topical gel/cream used to treat psoriasis, facial acne, fine wrinkles on the face, and noncancerous freckles. Tazarotene is a derivative of vitamin A, which may improve the appearance of the skin. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Tazarotene?

Like other medicines, Tazarotene can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tazarotene are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tazarotene cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tazarotene develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Tazarotene can cause side effects such as skin burning, stinging, peeling, tingling, itching, swelling, redness, and dryness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Tazarotene.

What is the recommended dosage of Tazarotene?

The dosage of Tazarotene prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Tazarotene?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Tazarotene medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Tazarotene?

Any medication applied in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tazarotene, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Tazarotene?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tazarotene.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is used with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tazarotene, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tazarotene?

Is it possible for me to apply Tazarotene with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Tazarotene?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tazarotene?
How will Tazarotene work in my body?
How should Tazarotene be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Tazarotene drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tazarotene is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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