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Tazarotene

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using It?

Prior to using this medication, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Eczema
  • A sunburn
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Tazarotene to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Tazarotene Work?

Tazarotene is a "prodrug," a medication that is chemically inactive until it is changed by the body into the active form. The active form of tazarotene is a retinoid, which means it is chemically related to vitamin A. Other well-known retinoids include Retin-A® and Accutane®.
 
Tazarotene is believed to work for acne and psoriasis by suppressing inflammation and slowing down rapid skin cell growth. Although it is unknown exactly how the medication works to treat some of the signs of sun damage, it is thought to work below the surface of the skin.
 
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