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Tazarotene, a product that can be purchased under two main forms: Cream or Gel. This topical medication is a retinoid prodrug that contains benzyl alcohol (as a main preservative), sodium thiosulfate, purified water, sorbitan monooleate, carbomer 1342, carbomer 934P, edetate disodium, sodium hydroxide, mineral oil, and so on.
In most cases, Tazarotene is prescribed to patients who are suffering from acne vulgaris, as it is an effective remedy for mild or moderate facial acne. Studies have shown that the use of Tazarotene can also provide numerous beneficial results for patients who are suffering from psoriasis. In case you are interested in starting a therapy course with Tazarotene, you should discuss with your PD the benefits and risks that are associated with this treatment.


The use of the Tazarotene gel or cream is highly contraindicated in the case of pregnant females or in that of women who are planning to become pregnant any time soon, as such a therapy is a potential hazard to the development of the baby. Moreover, your personal physician will probably insist upon your employing an effective birth control method during your treatment with Tazarotene (in the case of female individuals). All patients who are considering using this medical remedy should make sure that they are not allergic to any of the components of Tazarotene. You can learn all about Tazarotene's ingredients from your local pharmacist.

Intake Guidelines

This type of medication has been approved and designed for external use. However, one must not apply Tazarotene on irritated or eczematous skin areas, as this can lead to the worsening of such conditions (severe skin dryness and irritation). You must avoid applying Tazarotene on wet skin (if you have washed your hands or taken a shower, make sure that you thoroughly dry the needed skin area before applying Tazarotene). If your physician has instructed you to also employ certain emollients during your therapy with Tazarotene, make sure that you apply them at least 60 minutes before using Tazarotene.


In the early stages of one's therapy course with Tazarotene, he or she will probably be advised to use the 0.05% Cream or Gel. If this form of therapy is well tolerated, the physician may later on prescribe the patient a more powerful form of medication (the 0.1% Cream or Gel). The product must be applied on the needed skin area(s) once per day, if possible, in the evening. You must use a sufficient amount of Tazarotene as to cover the affected skin with a thin film of medication. If you are not satisfied with the results of your treatment with Tazarotene, you should discuss with your PD the possibility of increasing your daily dose of medication, of using a more powerful form of Tazarotene or of starting to use a different topical remedy. You must not change your medication or your dosing routine without your doctor's consent.


Applying excessive amounts of Tazarotene (Gel or Cream) can lead to the developing of several symptoms, especially peeling, skin redness or discomfort. This condition is not a life-threatening one, but you should alert your PD and discuss with him or her the clinical implications of Tazarotene over-dosage. Oral ingestion of Tazarotene is considered a medical emergency. If you have accidentally swallowed a certain amount of your medication, you should go to the nearest medical center, where you will be kept under close monitoring and you will receive all needed supportive medical assistance.

Missed Dose

Missed doses of Tazarotene can and will diminish the effectiveness of your therapy course. This is why we strongly recommend you to discuss this aspect with your PD and determine the best way in which you can correct such undesirable situations. Do not deviate from your physician's instructions.

Side Effects

Of all the patients who are being treated with Tazarotene, 10 to 30% of them experienced some adverse manifestations. Here is a list of the most common side effects associated with the use of the Tazarotene Cream: desquamation, burning sensation, erythema, skin dryness, etc. While using Tazarotene Gel, several patients accused the development of pruritus, erythema, stinging and burning. In case you experience these or other unusual symptoms during your therapy with this topical remedy, you should alert your PD. He or she will make any needed adjustments to your current dosing routine. Such symptoms normally fade away in time, as your organism adjusts to the ingredients of Tazarotene. If they are unusually bothersome, you may have to discontinue using Tazarotene.


One's therapy with Tazarotene should be closely monitored by a health care professional if the patient is also following a treatment course with any photo-sensitizers, as the use of Tazarotene will probably enhance the adverse reactions of such remedies. The most common classes of drugs that fit into this pharmaceutical category are: sulfonamides, phenothiazines, tetracyclines, thiazides, and fluoroquinolones. If such a therapeutic combination of drugs cannot be avoided, it is imperative that the patient takes into consideration the needed precautions. Your PD will tell you more about the importance of using effective sunscreens (creams or gels with SPF at least 15) and of wearing protective clothing. Furthermore, one should not apply any products that have a strong drying effect on the skin area that is being treated with this prodrug.
Without Prescription (2017)