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Tazorac Cream and Gel (Tazarotene)

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    What is Tazorac?

    Tazorac (tazarotene cream) is a brand of prescription medication for the treatment of acne and plaque psoriasis. It is a retinoid product related to vitamin A, which affects the growth of skin cells. This comes in topical cream and gel dosage form. It is available as a generic drug called tazarotene.

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    Tazorac Cream and Gel (Tazarotene) Information

    Tazorac dosage

    Tazorac is available as a 0.05% and 0.1% gel, cream, or lotion in 30 g and 100 g tubes. Each gram contains 0.5 mg in 0.05% tazarotene and 1 mg in 0.1% tazarotene. It is usually prescribed to be applied once a day in the evening.

    A generic is available in both concentrations in a collapsible aluminum tube. For plaque psoriasis, 0.05% and 0.1% concentrations are used depending on your doctor’s recommendation. For treating acne, 0.1% of medicine is applied once a day on the skin where acne lesions appear.

    How Tazorac works

    Tazorac contains a retinoid prodrug that is converted to an active form. It binds to retinoic acid receptors, although the clinical significance of these in the treatment is unknown. However, it reduces the proliferation of keratinocytes and inflammatory mediators.

    Acne develops when the pores in your skin are blocked by dead skin cells or sebum. Plaque psoriasis is caused by an autoimmune attack on the skin cells. This causes your skin cells to be replaced too quickly and results in skin build-up on the surface, causing dry, red, and raised skin patches. Tazorac helps slow down the production of skin cells to relieve symptoms.

    What Tazorac is used for

    Tazorac is a part of a group of drugs called retinoids. It is used to treat psoriasis and mild to moderate acne. Plaque psoriasis causes silvery and scaly patches on your skin called plaques; they are often itchy and inflamed.

    Tazorac reduces plaque formation, scaling, and inflammation in your skin. Acne may be characterized by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), which can lead to inflamed papules and pus-filled pimples. Inflammation is made worse by bacteria that irritate and inflame the pores.

    It reduces the formation of comedones and keeps red, swollen spots and pimples from forming. The medicine is applied daily to reduce the formation of skin cell build up that can contribute to acne or plaque psoriasis.

    Before Tazorac is prescribed

    Tell your doctor about any allergies, medical conditions, and medications, vitamins, or supplements you may be taking to avoid drug interactions. Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes, if this happens, rinse the area immediately.

    Apply a thin layer Tazorac to affected areas of the skin; ensure your skin is clean and dry before applying. Do not cover the area and avoid applying to normal or healthy skin. Do not apply it on broken, sunburned, or eczematous skin.

    Since the medicine may be absorbed through the skin, it is not recommended for pregnant women. You may need to provide a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks of treatment. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you become pregnant during treatment.

    Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have any other skin conditions and any cosmetics or topical products you use. If you are using a moisturizer, remember to apply it at least 1 hour before applying the product.

    Tazorac precautions and warnings

    Always read and understand the important information in the medication guide provided with the product before you begin taking treatment. When you buy Tazorac online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging.

    Tazorac may cause hypersensitivity and local irritation in certain individuals with sensitive skin. Local reactions may include blistering, pruritus, and burning sensations.

    Photosensitivity and risk of sunburn may be experienced because of heightened susceptibility to sunlight. Use sunscreens, wear protective clothing and minimize exposure to sunlight and tanning beds.

    Do not use more medicine than what is prescribed. Avoid any products or treatments on the skin that may increase dryness of the skin or cause irritation. Wash your hands after treatment to avoid getting medication in sensitive places. Store at room temperature away from children and animals when not in use.

    What are the side effects of Tazorac?

    • Itching
    • Redness
    • Irritation
    • Burning/stinging
    • Scaling
    • Dry skin
    • Local pain at the site of application

    If any of these side effects worsen or persist, inform your doctor to evaluate the use of Tazorac. If a severe allergic reaction occurs, seek medical help immediately.

    This is not a complete list of potential side effects. Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable, call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counseling when you buy Tazorac online.

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    Tazorac Cream and Gel (Tazarotene) FAQs

    Can Tazorac be used for wrinkles?

    It can be used for other conditions or prescribed for off-label uses. One of these off-label uses includes the reduction of fine wrinkles. A different brand with the same active ingredient (tazarotene) may be used for this condition. However, it can only reduce fine wrinkles caused by sun damage.

    When does Tazorac start to work?

    Tazorac may start to improve symptoms of acne or plaque psoriasis within 1 to 2 weeks. However, it may take up to 12 weeks for complete improvement of symptoms. In some cases, symptoms may worsen before they get better during treatment . Consult a healthcare provider if symptoms don’t seem to improve after a number of weeks.

    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. You require your doctor's approval prior to buying or using Prescription Drugs sold here. We do have a pharmacist on staff if your doctor is unavailable to provide medical advice when you buy Tazorac Cream and Gel (Tazarotene) online. Do not use the information here to ignore or contradict advice provided by a licensed medical professional. Always seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.