tazarotene (Tazorac)

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GENERIC NAME: tazarotene


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Tazarotene is a topical acne and psoriasis medication. The exact mechanism of how tazarotene works is not known. Scientists believe that when tazarotene is applied to the skin, it affects the growth of skin cells and thereby reduces the formation of pimples and psoriasis plaques. It may affect growth of skin cells by affecting the action of genes that control production of skin cells. It also reduces inflammation. The FDA approved tazarotene in June 1997.



PREPARATIONS: Tazarotene is available in 0.05% and 0.1% cream and gel formulations.

  • Cream is available in 30 gram and 60 gram tubes.
  • Gel is available in 30 gram and 100 gram tubes.

STORAGE: Store tazarotene at room temperatures between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Tazarotene is prescribed for plaque psoriasis and acne vulgaris.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/11/2014

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