GENERIC NAME: TAZAROTENE (COSMETIC) - TOPICAL (tah-ZAIR-oh-teen)
BRAND NAME(S): Avage
USES: This medication is a retinoid product related to Vitamin A. It is used to reduce fine wrinkles and dark and light spots on your face. It is important to use this medication with a total skin care program and avoid exposure to sunlight.
HOW TO USE: For external use only. Apply only on your face, once daily at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor. Remove any make-up, gently wash your face with a mild cleanser, and pat skin dry. Wait at least 20 minutes to make sure your face is dry before applying a small, pea-sized amount (about 1/4 inch or 0.6 centimeter wide) of medication. Apply in a thin layer over wrinkles and discolored spots. Wash your hands after using the medication. In the morning, apply a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater.You may use a moisturizing cream or lotion on your face before or after you apply this medication. Make sure that either the moisturizer or medication has been absorbed into your skin, and that your skin is dry before you apply the second product.Keep this medication away from the eyes and mouth. If contact with the eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly with cool water. Do not use more of this product or use it more often than directed. Using more medication than recommended will not give faster or better results and may lead to more side effects.Do not use this medication on sunburned or irritated skin, undiagnosed skin lesions, or skin affected by eczema. Consult your doctor for more information.Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist before you use this medication and with each refill because there may be new information.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.