(generic name)

It is applied to the skin to treat acne.
(ta ZAR oh teen)
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What is this medicine?

TAZAROTENE (ta ZAR oh teen) is applied to the skin to treat acne.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-sensitivity to the sun or sunburn
-skin cancer or family history of skin cancer
-skin conditions or sensitivity
-an unusual or allergic reaction to tazarotene, vitamin A, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Apply just enough foam to cover the affected areas. Rub in gently. Wash your hands after applying the foam. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines that may dry your skin such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • medicines that may increase your sensitivity to the sun such as tetracycline, thiazide diuretics, quinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and others), phenothiazines (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, thioridazine, trifluoperazine), and sulfa drugs
  • vitamin A supplements

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

Use this medicine with caution if you are also using other products with a strong skin drying effect. This may include products with a high alcohol content, astringents, spices, the peel of lime or other citrus, medicated soaps or shampoos, permanent wave solutions, electrolysis, hair removers or waxes, or any other preparations or processes that might dry or irritate your skin. Talk to doctor or health care professional before using these products.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths. Avoid weather extremes because they may be more irritating to patients using this medicine.

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