Generic Name: tazarotene
Drug Class: retinoid-like agent
Tazorac Cream Uses
Tazorac Cream is a topical prescription cream used to treat plaque psoriasis. It is also indicated for acne vulgaris. This type of medication is best used with a total skin care therapy or program. This is for external use only.
Tazorac Cream Dosage Forms
This is available in Tazorac 0.05% and 0.1% cream.
Tazorac Cream Mechanism of Action
It is not known precisely how this topical cream works. However, it is thought to work by binding the three members of the retinoic acid receptor family, including RAR alpha, RAR beta, and RAR gamma. It also modifies gene expressions. This action affects skin cell growth.
How to Use Tazorac Cream
Before starting to use this cream, it is necessary to read the drug information or patient information leaflet, or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. It is important for you to fully understand the uses and directions of any medication before you take it. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need additional medical advice or information.
Follow the instructions of your physician regarding the use of this product. Avoid applying excessive amounts or using it more frequently than recommended because it can irritate the skin. This is usually prescribed once a day, at bedtime. Do not apply the cream on areas that have been scraped, sunburnt, or cut.
Step-by-step Guide when using Tazorac Cream
- Wash your hands properly before applying this cream.
- Clean the area using a gentle cleanser and pat dry. You may also use a mild soapless solution.
- Get a pea-size amount of cream and put it onto your fingertip.
- Put a thin layer of cream on the affected area. Be careful not to apply the cream on your eyes, inside the nose, inner lip, or an open wound.
- Wash your hands once again after you apply the medication.
Tazorac Cream Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
– Warmth or stinging in the affected area
-Peeling of the skin
Severe Side Effects:
-Cracking of the skin
-Bleeding of the skin
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Tazorac Cream.
In case of severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and contact your doctor.
Warnings and Precautions when using Tazorac Cream
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to tazarotene, vitamin A-related drugs, or any inactive ingredients the cream may contain. Make sure to watch for symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swelling of the lymph nodes, hives, and skin rashes.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of eczema, dermatitis, sun sensitivity, or other skin conditions. In addition, discuss all of your prescription and nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products with your doctor in order to avoid any potential drug interactions.
You may also become more sensitive to the sun when using this topical cream so limit your exposure to the sun. It can cause sunburn and skin blisters. Wear protective clothing whenever you go out and avoid tanning indoors.
Pregnant moms should not use this type of drug as it is known to cause harm to unborn babies. For nursing mothers, it is not known if it passes into breast milk. Discuss all the possible risks with your physician.
How much does Tazorac Cream cost in Canada?
We offer the most affordable pricing on this medication. The generic version is also available for a much lower price.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Tazorac Cream used for?
Tazorac Cream (tazarotene) is a topical cream classified as an acne agent or a retinoid-like agent. Physicians prescribe Tazorac Cream for acne vulgaris and plaque psoriasis.
Is Tazorac effective for acne?
Based on Tazorac Cream before and after clinical trials, this medication is effective in treating acne. This can be used to effectively minimize and heal mild to moderate acne.
Is Tazorac the same as Retin A?
Tazorac Cream vs Retin A – These topical creams are both classified as retinoid medications. However, they contain different active ingredients.
How long does it take Tazorac Cream to work?
It depends on the severity of the skin condition. Some people notice improvements within one to two weeks of regular use. It may take up to 12 weeks to see noticeable effects.
Can I use Tazorac Cream for wrinkles?
This prescription drug is not indicated and not approved as an anti-aging cream. There are other retinoid medications that can be used to prevent and minimize wrinkles.
Can you get Tazorac Cream over the counter?
This cream cannot be purchased over the counter. You need a valid prescription from your doctor.