Compare Dovonex vs. Tazorac

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.

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.

Upsides
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  • Studies show Tazorac (tazarotene) is effective for acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
  • Is one of the first-line prescription medicines for acne.
Downsides
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  • 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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Used for
  • Plaque psoriasis Scalp psoriasis
  • Psoriasis vulgaris
  • Of the body Vitiligo
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical
  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Foam
Price
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Side effects
The Dovonex (Calcipotriene) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
9possible side effects
  • Skin peeling
    40%
  • Skin redness
    34%
  • Burning sensation
    26%
  • Dry skin
    16%
  • Irritated skin
    10%
  • Itching
    10%
  • Irritated skin from contact with an irritant or allergen
    8%
  • Stinging
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
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  • Sunburn
    • Sun exposure
    • Other drugs that can cause sun sensitivity
  • Skin irritation
  • Pregnancy
  • Lentigo Maligna (a form of skin cancer)
  • Flammable
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