This medication is used to treat certain skin conditions, including psoriasis and acne. Different brands, dosage forms, and strengths are approved for different uses, so be sure to check the uses for your brand, dosage form, and strength of this medication. Tazarotene is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It is thought to work by affecting skin cell growth. For the best effect, this medication should be used with a total skin care program.
How to use
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using tazarotene and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is for use on the skin only. Wash and dry your hands before applying the medication. Apply this medication to the skin as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime. Wash your hands after applying, unless you are treating your hands for psoriasis. If this medication accidentally gets on areas you do not need to treat, wash it off to help prevent skin irritation. Do not apply this medication to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or affected by certain other skin conditions (eczema, seborrheic dermatitis). Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, or on your eyelids or lips. If this happens, rinse right away with plenty of cool water.
If you are using a product that is for treating psoriasis, apply a thin film to cover only the psoriatic plaques. If a bath or shower is taken before application, make sure skin is dry before applying. If a moisturizer is used, apply it at least an hour before applying this medication.
If you are using a product that is for treating acne, wash and dry the affected area(s). After skin is dry, apply a thin film to acne. If you are using the lotion to treat acne on the face, dot onto the chin, cheeks, nose, and forehead, then gently rub over the entire face. Use enough to cover all of the affected area(s). If you are also using other acne medication (such as benzoyl peroxide) on your skin, apply one product in the morning and one product in the evening to separate the application times. If a moisturizer is used, make sure to allow skin to dry before applying either the moisturizer or tazarotene.
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 cover, bandage, or wrap the affected area(s). Do not apply this medication to normal, healthy skin.
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 use large amounts or apply this medication more often than directed, or use it for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Since this drug is absorbed through the skin and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.
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