Tazarotene

Description

Tazarotene is a topical medication used for the treatment of acne and plaque psoriasis in adults and adolescents. This medicine is not recommended for use in children below 12 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Tazarotene

  • Burning or stinging sensation at application site
  • Skin Rash
  • Itching, redness or irritation at application site
  • Dry skin

Uses of Tazarotene

What is it prescribed for?

  • Plaque Psoriasis
  • Acne vulgaris
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to tazarotene or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women or in women with child-bearing potential due to the increased risk of congenital abnormalities.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Exposure to sunlight

Patients are advised to avoid excessive exposure to sunlight (natural and artificial both) during treatment with this medicine. Appropriate precautionary measures should be taken while stepping outside at daytime.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children below 12 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Contraception

Female patients of child-bearing potential should always use at least 2 methods of reliable birth control to avoid pregnancy during treatment with this medicine. Contraception must begin at least 2 weeks prior to beginning therapy and continue for at least 2 weeks after discontinuation of therapy.

Photosensitizers

Usage of this medicine is not recommended for use in patients who are taking medicines such as tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, etc. which are known to be photosensitizers due to the increased risk of photosensitivity.

External use

This medicine is only recommended for external use. Avoid contact with the mouth, eyes, wounds, etc.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms unless it is applied for a prolonged period of time in large volumes. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Methoxsalen

Salicylic Acid (Topical)

Precipitated Sulfur

Verteporfin

Disease interactions

Eczema

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with eczema due to the increased risk of adverse effects such as severe skin irritation. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Sunburn

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with sunburned skin due to the increased risk of skin irritation. Avoid exposure to sunlight or use sun protection creams or suitable covering before exposing to sunlight.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a thin layer of the cream/gel to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by slowing down the excessive production of skin cells and also decreases skin cell inflammation.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Topical antipsoriatics, Topical acne agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Tazarotene - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00799

[Internet]. Allergan.com. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/tazorac_gel_pi

Tazarotene: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a616052.html

Zorac 0.05% Gel - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/6762/smpc

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Information on this page was last updated on 22 Mar 2019

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