tazarotene (Tazorac)

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What is tazarotene-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

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.

What brand names are available for tazarotene-topical?

Tazorac

Is tazarotene-topical available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

Do I need a prescription for tazarotene-topical?

Yes

What are the side effects of tazarotene-topical?

Side effects of Tazarotene are dry skin, redness, stinging and burning, irritation, itching, desquamation, and sun sensitivity.

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