What is Tazarotene (Generic Tazorac) and what are its uses?
How does Tazarotene (Generic Tazorac) Works (Mechanism)?
Dosage: How should you take Tazarotene (Generic Tazorac)?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Tazarotene.
Tazarotene (Generic Tazorac) Warnings and Precautions.
Tazarotene (Generic Tazorac) Side effects
Tazarotene (Generic Tazorac) is a prescription medication licensed to treat psoriasis, acne, and signs of sun damage.
Tazarotene is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. Like many such medications, tazarotene may make the skin appear worse before it gets better.
Often, the skin may become irritated, red, and flaky.
The active form of Tazarotene which is Tazarotenic Acid binds to the retinoic acid receptors of the skin and may affect gene expression. Tazarotene is believed to normalize the process of Keratinization and decrease the cohesive bonding of follicular keratinocytes therefore this drug is able to reduce the formation of microcomedones. In simplistic terms Tazorac promotes increased skin cell turnover or “peeling” which is common with other retinoids. The “peeling” effect unplugs the pore preventing the formation of whiteheads and blackheads.
or psoriasis, apply a thin film of tazarotene cream or gel once daily in the evening only to the affected areas. The skin should be dry before applying the medication. If emollient or moisturizing creams are also being used, apply these first and allow them to absorb into the skin before applying the tazarotene cream or gel.
For acne, gently cleanse and dry the skin. Apply a thin film of cream or gel to the entire face (everything between the hairline, jawline, and ears) once a day in the evening.
For photodamage, remove makeup before applying the cream. Apply a pea-sized amount of cream to the entire face, including a careful application to the eyelids if desired..
If Tazarotene is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. Certain drugs can increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Check with your doctor before taking any other medication while using Tazarotene, and be especially cautious when using Major tranquilizers (such as Compazine, Stelazine, and Thorazine), Quinolone antibiotics (such as Cipro, Floxin, and Noroxin), Sulfa drugs (such as Bactrim and Septra), Tetracycline antibiotics (such as Achromycin V, Minocin, and Vibramycin), or Thiazide-type water pills (such as Dyazide and HydroDIURIL).
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Tazorac include the following:
1.Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use Tazorac, as this medication can increase the risk of birth defects and other problems.
Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within two weeks before starting Tazorac, and they should start it during a normal menstrual period.
Adequate birth control must be used at all times (see Tazorac and Pregnancy).
2.Avoid contact with the eyes, eyelids, and mouth.
3.Avoid exposure to sunlight (including artificial sunlight, such as sun lamps or tanning booths), as this medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily while using it.
4.Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected when you first start Tazorac, your healthcare provider may recommend that
you use the medication less frequently (such as every other day) if extreme irritation occurs.
5.Generally, people with eczema should avoid this product, as it can cause severe skin irritation in people with this condition.
6.If you get a sunburn, stop using Tazorac until your skin has recovered.
7.Tazorac can potentially interact with a few medications (see Tazorac Drug Interactions).
8.It is unknown if Tazorac passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using this drug.
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.