This medication is used to treat certain skin conditions, including psoriasis, acne, and skin aging symptoms due to sun damage (such as wrinkles and dark or light spots on your face). Different brands and strengths are approved for different uses, so be sure to check the uses for your brand 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. 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 or mouth. If this happens, rinse right away with plenty of cool water.

If you are using this product to treat 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 this product to treat acne, wash and dry the affected area(s). After skin is dry, apply enough to cover all of the affected area(s).

If you are using this product to treat skin aging symptoms due to sun damage, wash and dry your hands before applying the medication, then clean your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry. After skin is dry, apply a pea-sized amount of this medication to the affected areas on your face as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime. You may use a moisturizing cream or lotion on you face before or after you apply this medication. Make sure that either the moisturizer or medication has been absorbed into your skin before you apply the second product.

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 or use 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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