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Before starting treatment with Tazorac, tell your healthcare provider if you have eczema, any allergies, or a sunburn. Other warnings and precautions for Tazorac relate to using adequate birth control at all times during treatment and keeping the medicine away from your mouth, eyes, and eyelids. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant, or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to using Tazorac® (tazarotene), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- A sunburn
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Precautions and Warnings With TazoracSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Tazorac include the following:
- Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use Tazorac, as this medication can increase the risk of birth defects and other problems. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within two weeks before starting Tazorac, and they should start it during a normal menstrual period. Adequate birth control must be used at all times (see Tazorac and Pregnancy).
- Avoid contact with the eyes, eyelids, and mouth.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight (including artificial sunlight, such as sun lamps or tanning booths), as this medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily while using it.
- Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected when you first start Tazorac, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use the medication less frequently (such as every other day) if extreme irritation occurs.
- Generally, people with eczema should avoid this product, as it can cause severe skin irritation in people with this condition.
- If you get a sunburn, stop using Tazorac until your skin has recovered.
- Tazorac can potentially interact with a few medications (see Tazorac Drug Interactions).
- It is unknown if Tazorac passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using this drug (see Tazorac and Breastfeeding).