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Avage topical

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Avage topical Uses

Tazarotene is used to treat psoriasis or acne. It is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It works by affecting the growth of skin cells.

The foam form of this medication is only approved for use in acne.

How to use Avage topical

Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Use this medication on the skin only. If you are treating acne, clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. If you are treating psoriasis, make sure the skin is dry before applying the medication. Apply a thin layer of this medication to the affected skin, usually once a day in the evening or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

If you are using the foam, shake the can before each use. The foam is flammable. Avoid smoking or going near an open flame while applying the medication.

Do not apply the medication in the eyes, eyelids, or mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.

Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area. Do not apply this medication to normal, healthy skin. Also, do not apply this medication to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or affected by eczema.

After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. If you are using this medication on your hands, do not touch your eyes with your hands.

If you are also using a moisturizing cream/lotion, apply it at least 1 hour before applying this medication.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not apply a larger amount of this medication or use it more often than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.

Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after several weeks.

Avage topical Side Effects

Itching, redness, irritation, burning/stinging, scaling, dry skin, or pain at application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe redness/irritation/peeling at application site.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Avage topical Precautions

Before using tazarotene, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: other skin conditions (e.g., eczema, sunburn, sun sensitivity).

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Weather extremes such as wind or cold may also be irritating to the skin. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) daily, and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Wait until your skin has completely recovered from a sunburn before using this medication.

Avoid electrolysis, waxing, and chemical depilatories for hair removal on the treated areas while using this product.

This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Women of childbearing age should have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks of starting this medication and also start this medication during their normal period. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss reliable forms of birth control. It is recommended that men and women using this medication use two effective forms of birth control (e.g., condoms and birth control pills) while taking this medication. Consult your doctor.

It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Avage topical Interactions

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other drugs that may increase your sensitivity to sunlight (e.g., fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin, tetracyclines, thiazide "water pills"/diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, sulfa drugs such as sulfamethoxazole, phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine), vitamin A products, hair perming solutions, other skin products with strong drying effects, skin products containing alcohol/lime/spice (e.g., shaving lotions, astringents such as calamine lotion, perfume), soaps/shampoos/cleansers that are medicated/abrasive.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Avage topical Overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe redness/irritation/peeling at application site.

NOTES:

Do not share this medication with others.

MISSED DOSE:

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE:

Store at room temperature away from light and heat. Do not store in the bathroom. If you are using the foam, store the can upright and do not store it near an open flame or in a freezer. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Information last revised September 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.

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