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Can I use topical retinoids for psoriasis while trying to get pregnant?

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Retinoids that you rub on your skin aren’t as risky during pregnancy as oral retinoids, but you should especially avoid tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac) when you’re trying to get pregnant. It can cause severe birth defects. You should give it at least 2 weeks to clear out of your system before trying to get pregnant.

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

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