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In clinical studies, between 10 and 30 percent of people taking Tazorac developed side effects such as itching, burning, peeling skin, and redness. However, most people are able to take this drug without any problems. If you develop any serious side effects while using this medication (such as redness or peeling that doesn't clear up within a month or so), tell your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Tazorac Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Tazorac® (tazarotene). However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Tazorac. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Tazorac

Tazorac has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully recorded. In these studies, the most common Tazorac side effects (occurring in 10 to 30 percent of people) included:
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Peeling skin
  • Dry skin
  • Worsening of psoriasis
  • Skin pain
  • Skin irritation.
Other common reactions (occurring in 1 to 10 percent of people) included:
  • Stinging
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Rash
  • High triglycerides
  • Swelling of the hands and/or feet (caused by water retention)
  • Bleeding
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling of the skin.
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