This medication is used to reduce fine wrinkles and dark and light spots on your face. Tazarotene is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It is important to use this medication with a total skin care program and avoid exposure to sunlight.
How to use tazarotene topical
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using tazarotene and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is for use on the face only.
Wash and dry your hands before applying the medication, then clean your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Wait at least 20 minutes before applying the medication to make sure your face is dry. Apply a pea-sized amount of this medication to the affected areas on your face as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime. Wash your hands well after applying. In the morning, apply a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater.
You may use a moisturizing cream or lotion on your face before or after you apply this medication. Make sure that either the moisturizer or medication has been absorbed into your skin, and that your skin is dry before you apply the second product.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or mouth. If this happens, rinse right away with plenty of cool water.
Do not apply this medication to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or affected by eczema. Consult your doctor for more information.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Do not use large amounts or apply this medication more often or use for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Since this drug is absorbed through the skin and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication.
Tell your doctor if you do not get better or if you get worse.
Itching, burning/stinging, redness, irritation, dryness or peeling of the skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, 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 right away if you have any serious side effects, including: skin rash or cracking, discoloration or bleeding of the skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, severe 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.