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Side Effects of Tazarotene

Common Side Effects

Tazarotene has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully recorded. In these studies, the most common tazarotene side effects (occurring in 10 to 40 percent of people) included:
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Peeling skin
  • Dry skin
  • Worsening of psoriasis
  • Skin pain
  • Skin irritation.
Other common reactions (occurring in 1 to 10 percent of people) included:
  • Stinging
  • Eczema
  • Rash
  • High triglycerides
  • Swelling of the hands and/or feet (caused by water retention)
  • Bleeding
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling of the skin
  • Contact dermatitis (skin inflammation caused by an irritating substance)
  • Acne
  • Chapped, inflamed lips.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any problems while using this medicine. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of tazarotene, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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