What is Tazorac Gel?
Tazorac gel is a retinoid similar to vitamin A that is used to treat psoriasis or acne vulgaris. It’s intended effect is to promote the growth of skin cells and treating acne. It can help improve the texture and appearance of cells and helps to renew the skin more quickly.
It is recommended for children and adults of 12 years or older. Do not share this medication with others, even if they have similar symptoms. This may not be an effective treatment and can result in adverse reactions.
Do not use Tazorac Gel if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It can cause birth defects
Frequently Asked Questions About Tazorac Gel
Read the patient information material provided by the manufacturer before using Tazorac. Your doctor can also provide instructions and counselling for potential side effects.
Wash and ensure your skin is dry before applying the medication. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub it into the skin. Your dose may depend on your doctor’s suggestions and may change depending on the results of treatment.
Your skin may be sensitive to sunlight. Avoid wind, cold weather and sunlight when taking tazorac gel as it may irritate the skin. Wear protective clothing when possible and avoid tanning beds.
Avoid getting any gel in your ears, mouth, eyes, vagina or lips. Rinse the area with water if this happens, Do not smoke or approach an open flame while applying Tazorac. When you have finished applying your dose, wash your hands to avoid getting gel in sensitive places.
Do not apply to unaffected skin or skin that has been damaged or cut. Do not wrap or cover the area after applying the gel. If you use other skin care products to treat skin conditions, you should wait an hour between applying tazorac and a separate product.
Do not take more medication than what you are prescribed and do not take it more often than recommended. This will not accelerate treatment and can lead to adverse effects. If you do not experience the expected results after several weeks of consistent treatment, contact your doctor.
Tazorac Gel Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Tazorac Gel, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Tazorac Gel to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- skin rash (in patients with psoriasis only)
- Blistering, crusting, or irritation of the skin
- swelling at or near the application site
- pain or swelling of the treated skin
- changes in color of the treated skin
- deep grooves or lines in the skin
- cracked, dry, scaly skin
- flaking and falling off of the skin
- Burning or stinging after application
- Burning or stinging of the skin (severe)
- dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (severe)
- dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (mild)
The following drugs are known to interact with Tazorac Gel . This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- salicylic acid topical
- sulfur topical
- aminolevulinic acid
- methyl aminolevulinate topical
- aminolevulinic acid topical
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor.
Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.