Fabior

(tazarotene)

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Treats acne in people age 12 and older.

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Our bottom line

Fabior (tazarotene) is the most effective medication for treating acne compared to other alternatives, but it can be very expensive and also causes the most skin irritation.

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    $498.34
Quick facts about Fabior
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Fabior (tazarotene) is one of the first-line medications used for treating both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne.
  • You only need to apply the medication once a day.
  • Side effects will bother you less and less after the second week of using Fabior (tazarotene).
  • Better option for maintenance treatment for acne instead of having to take antibiotics for a long period of time.
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Downsides

  • Fabior (tazarotene) can increase your sensitivity to light so you can become sunburned more easily.
  • Fabior (tazarotene) is more expensive than alternative prescription or over-the-counter medicines used for acne treatment.
  • Certain side effects such as skin irritation and peeling might be uncomfortable for some people.
  • Might not be a good treatment option if you also need to apply other medicines to the same areas of the skin.
  • Females need to be very careful and avoid getting pregnant while using Fabior (tazarotene).
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How it works

Fabior (tazarotene) belongs to a medication class called retinoids that eliminates acne by controlling the overgrowth of skin cells and fighting inflammation.

Quick facts about Fabior
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Foam
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What to expect when you take Fabior (tazarotene) for Acne

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  • Possible side effects
  • Application site irritation
  • Application site dryness
  • Application site skin redness
  • Application site skin shedding
  • Application site pain
  • Application site light sensitivity (including sunburn)
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Side effect rates for Fabior (tazarotene)

From 1485 clinical trials of Fabior when taken for acne
  • Application site irritation
    14%14%
    1%1%
  • Application site dryness
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Application site skin redness
    6%6%
  • Application site skin shedding
    6%6%
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Risks and Warnings for Fabior (tazarotene)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Being in the sun for long periods of time
    • Using tanning salons
    • Taking other medications like certain antibiotics that also increase light sensitivity
    • Those with a personal or family history of skin cancer

    Your skin is more likely to become sunburned while you're using Fabior (tazarotene). Avoid being in the sun for long periods of time and using tanning beds. Apply sunblock and wear protective clothing if you are going to be out in the sun. If you currently have a sunburn, wait until your skin is fully recovered before applying Fabior (tazarotene). Talk to your doctor to see if this is the right medication for you, especially if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer or if you are also taking other medications that increase your skin's sensitivity to light.