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Side Effects of Tazarotene

Although most people tolerate it well, tazarotene can cause side effects. When the skin medicine was studied in clinical trials, some of the most commonly reported problems included dry skin, burning, itching, and redness. If you develop any serious side effects during treatment (such as skin redness that does not improve within a month or so), tell your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Tazarotene

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with tazarotene (Avage®, Tazorac®). However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with this drug. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of tazarotene side effects with you.)

Tazarotene Side Effects to Report

Potentially serious side effects of tazarotene that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately include:
  • Severe, intolerable skin reactions
  • Skin reactions such as redness and peeling that do not improve with time (within a month or so)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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