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Precautions and Warnings With Tazarotene

Tazarotene may not be suitable for everyone. In fact, it should be avoided by certain groups of people, including women who are pregnant and people with eczema. Tazarotene's precautions and warnings also involve safety issues, such as protecting yourself from sun exposure while using the drug. To help ensure a safe treatment process, talk to your doctor about your medical history and current medications before beginning treatment.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to using tazarotene (Avage®, Tazorac®), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
  • A sunburn
  • Eczema
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Tazarotene Warnings and Precautions

Specific warnings and precautions to be aware of with this medication include the following:
  • Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use tazarotene, as this medication can increase the risk of birth defects and other problems. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within two weeks before starting treatment, and they should start taking tazarotene during a normal menstrual period. Adequate birth control must be used at all times (see Avage and Pregnancy or Tazorac and Pregnancy).
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight (including artificial sunlight, such as sun lamps or tanning booths), as this medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily while using tazarotene.
  • Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected when you first start tazarotene, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use it less frequently (such as every other day) if extreme irritation occurs.
  • In general, people with eczema should avoid this product, as it can cause severe skin irritation in people with this condition.
  • If you get a sunburn, stop using tazarotene until your skin has recovered.
  • Tazarotene can potentially interact with a few medications (see Drug Interactions With Tazarotene).
  • It is unknown if tazarotene passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using it(see Avage and Breastfeeding or Tazorac and Breastfeeding).
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