Tazorac

(tazarotene)

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Treats acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.

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Our bottom line

Tazorac (tazarotene) can be used for a variety of skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and pigmentation but can cause your skin to be irritated. Your doctor and pharmacist can provide tips to help relieve and prevent skin irritation.

Quick facts about Tazorac
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tazarotene)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • Studies show Tazorac (tazarotene) is effective for acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
  • Is one of the first-line prescription medicines for acne.

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Downsides

  • Not available over-the-counter. You'll need a prescription to get Tazorac (tazarotene).
  • May be a lot more expensive than alternative medicines.
  • May cause skin irritation.

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$105.47
How it works

Tazorac (tazarotene) belongs to a drug class called retinoids. It works by controlling the overgrowth of skin cells.

Quick facts about Tazorac
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tazarotene)

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Foam
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What to expect when you take Tazorac (tazarotene) for Acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and pigmentation

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Side effect rates for Tazorac (tazarotene)

From 1131 clinical trials of Tazorac when taken for all (0.10%)
  • Skin peeling
  • Skin redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Dry skin
  • Irritated skin
  • Itching
  • Irritated skin from contact with an irritant or allergen
  • Stinging
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Tazorac (tazarotene)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sun exposure
    • Other drugs that can cause sun sensitivity

    Your skin is more likely to sunburn while you're using Tazorac (tazarotene). Avoid tanning outdoors and tanning beds. Apply sunblock or wear protective clothing if you have to be out in the sun. If you already have sunburns, do not use Tazorac (tazarotene) until the sunburns are healed.