Generic name: Tazarotene.

Tazorac is an acne preparation in the same family as Retin-A. it works by increasing the production of regenerating skin cells. 

Quick Facts About Tazorac


Used to treat mild to moderate acne. Also used to treat psoriasis.

Tazorac Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed. Avoid eyes, mouth, angles of the nose, and mucous membranes. Should observe results in about 4 weeks. May cause temporary burning or stinging.

  • Usual adult dose: apply once per day after washing face at bedtime, covering affected areas lightly. Avoid oversaturating area. Continue to use Tazorac for up to 12 weeks as directed by your doctor.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: resume schedule next day. Do not double doses.

Tazorac Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

redness, peeling, or discomfort. Accidental ingestion may resemble vitamin A overdose. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: burning or stinging sensation, cracking or swelling of skin, dry skin, irritation, itching, peeling skin, redness, skin discoloration, skin pain.

No less common or rare Tazorac side effects.


Inform your doctor before combining Tazorac with:

photosensitizers that could increase sensitivity to sunlight such as fluoroquinolones, phenothiazines, sulfonamides, thiazides, and tetracyclines.

Use vitamin A supplements with caution. 

Special Cautions

May cause harm to fetus in pregnant women. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Discontinue use immediately if you become pregnant during Tazorac therapy. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Use with extreme caution if you have eczema.Use caution during Tazorac therapy when using: other topical medication; medicated or abrasive soaps and cleaners; drying soaps and cosmetics; products with high amounts of alcohol, astringents, spices, or lime.
  • Immediately notify your doctor if you experience sensitivity reaction or irritation.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight, sun lamps, and extreme cold or wind.


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