Tazorac is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997. Tazorac is used to treat stable plaque psoriasis in cases where it affects as much as 20 percent of the body surface. Tazorac is also known by its drug name, Tazarotene.
Tazorac should not be used by pregnant women or women who may become pregnant.
Tazorac is an acetylenic retinoid. Retinoids are chemicals that are related to vitamin A. It is believed that Tazorac works in cases of psoriasis by regulating skin cell growth.
How do I take it?
If you are a woman of childbearing age, your doctor may suggest you take a pregnancy test before beginning to use Tazorac. Both men and women should use an effective form of birth control while using Tazorac.
Tazorac is applied topically to dry skin in the form of a gel or cream once a day in the evening. Apply Tazorac to only the affected areas; avoid getting Tazorac on skin unaffected by psoriasis. Avoid getting Tazorac near your eyelids, eyes, or mouth. Do not apply Tazorac to skin that is affected by sunburn or eczema. If you apply lotion or other skin products to the affected area, do it at least one hour before applying Tazorac.
Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Tazorac.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds while using Tazorac. Cover skin with clothing or sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher if you go out into the sunshine.
Do not wrap or apply bandages to the area treated with Tazorac.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when using Tazorac.
A 1997 article reviewed the efficacy and safety of Tazarotene (Tazorac) as a treatment for mild-to-moderate stable plaque psoriasis. Reviewers found that Tazarotene was effective, providing rapid and lasting improvement with limited side effects.
Side effects of Tazorac may include painful stinging or burning, itching, redness, and dryness. These symptoms are likely to ease after a few days when your body becomes accustomed to the drug.
Notify your doctor if you experience severe skin irritation or signs of infection such as warmth or oozing while using Tazorac.
Many drugs can cause allergic reactions that, in the most serious cases, can result in death. Seek immediate medical help if you experience signs of a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling in the face, throat, eyes, lips or tongue.