Tazarotene topical* cream is a generic prescription medication. It’s FDA-approved to treat:

Plaque psoriasis is a type of autoimmune condition that causes scaly patches on the skin. (With an autoimmune condition, your immune system attacks cells in your body by mistake.)

* “Topical” means applied to the skin.

Drug details

Tazarotene topical cream contains the active drug tazarotene, which is a type of medication called a retinoid. Retinoids are related to vitamin A.

Tazarotene topical cream comes in one strength: 0.1%. You’ll usually apply the cream to affected areas of your skin once per day.

Brand-name versions

Tazarotene topical cream is the generic version of the brand-name Tazorac cream.

Note: There are other brand-name prescription drugs that contain tazarotene. These include Tazorac gel, Fabior foam, Avage cream, and Arazlo lotion. For information on those drugs, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Effectiveness

For information about the effectiveness of tazarotene topical cream, see the “Tazarotene topical cream uses” section below.

Tazarotene topical cream is a generic drug. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Tazorac cream is the brand-name medication that tazarotene topical cream is based on. A generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.

If you’re interested in using Tazorac cream instead of tazarotene topical cream, talk with your doctor. They can tell you if Tazorac cream comes in strengths that can be used for your condition. If you have insurance, you’ll also need to check whether your plan will cover Tazorac cream.

To learn more about how generics compare with brand-name drugs, see this article.

Tazarotene topical cream is a type of drug called a retinoid. (“Topical” means applied to the skin.)

Other medications are available that can treat your condition. These include other topical drugs and systemic drugs (medications that you take by mouth or are given as injections). Some may be a better fit for you than others.

If you’re interested in finding an alternative to tazarotene topical cream, talk with your doctor. They can tell you about other medications that may work well for you.

Note: Some of the drugs listed here are used off-label to treat these specific conditions. Off-label drug use means using a drug for a purpose other than what it’s been approved for by the FDA.

Alternatives for acne

Examples of other drugs that may be used to treat acne include:

  • other topical retinoids, such as:
    • adapalene (Differin)
    • tazarotene (Fabior, Arazlo, Tazorac)
    • tretinoin (Avita, Renova, Retin-A, Altreno, Atralin)
  • topical antibiotics, such as:
    • clindamycin (Evoclin, Cleocin T, Clina-derm, Clindagel)
    • clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide (Acanya, Benzaclin, Duac, Onexton)
    • clindamycin/tretinoin (Veltin, Ziana)
    • erythromycin (Erygel, Erythra-derm)
    • erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide (Benzamycin)
  • topical dapsone (Aczone)
  • antibiotics taken by mouth, such as:
    • tetracycline (Achromycin V)
  • birth control pills, such as:
    • ethinyl estradiol/drospirenone/levomefolate calcium (Beyaz, Safyral, Tydemy)
    • ethinyl estradiol/drospirenone (Yaz, Kyra, Nikki)
    • ethinyl estradiol/norgestimate (Estarylla, Mili, Mono-Linyah)
  • retinoids taken by mouth, such as:
    • isotretinoin (Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis)

Alternatives for plaque psoriasis

Examples of other drugs that may be used to treat plaque psoriasis include:

Tazarotene topical cream can cause mild or serious side effects. The following lists contain some of the key side effects that may occur while using tazarotene topical cream. These lists do not include all possible side effects.

For more information about the possible side effects of tazarotene topical cream, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They can give you tips on how to manage any side effects that may be concerning or bothersome.

Note: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tracks side effects of drugs it has approved. If you’d like to notify the FDA about a side effect you’ve had with tazarotene topical cream, you can do so through MedWatch.

Mild side effects

Mild side effects* of tazarotene topical cream may differ slightly between people with acne and those who have plaque psoriasis. Mild side effects of the drug can include:

Most of these side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. But if they become more severe or don’t go away, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

* This is a partial list of mild side effects from tazarotene topical cream. To learn about other mild side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or see tazarotene topical cream’s prescribing information.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects from tazarotene topical cream aren’t common, but they can occur. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 or your local emergency number if your symptoms feel life threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency.

Serious side effects from tazarotene topical cream are the same whether the drug is treating acne or plaque psoriasis. These side effects, explained in more detail below, can include:

Side effects in children

Tazarotene topical cream can be used to treat acne in children ages 12 years and older. Side effects in this age group are similar to those seen in adults. For more information, see the “Side effects details” section below.

Tazarotene topical cream is not approved to treat plaque psoriasis in children.

Side effect details

Here’s some detail on certain side effects this drug may cause.

Sensitivity to sunlight

Tazarotene topical cream can make skin more sensitive to sunlight, sunlamps, and tanning beds. The drug can increase your risk of severe sunburn in the places where you apply the cream, especially if you have a lighter skin tone.

It’s not known how many people using tazarotene topical cream in clinical studies had sensitivity to sunlight.

If you take certain other medications, you could be at higher risk of severe sunburn than usual. To read more about this, see “Tazarotene topical cream interactions” below.

What you can do

It’s important to protect your skin in the following ways while using tazarotene cream:

  • Avoid the use of sun lamps or tanning beds.
  • Keep your skin out of sunlight when possible.
  • Wear a hat and clothes that cover your skin if you need to go out in the sun.
  • Use sunscreen with a high SPF on skin that’s not protected with clothing.

If you do get a sunburn, don’t apply tazarotene topical cream to that area until the skin has fully healed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a product to soothe your sunburn.

Skin irritation

Tazarotene topical cream commonly causes skin irritation in and around the area where it’s applied. This side effect is usually mild, but some people may have severe or excessive skin irritation.

Symptoms of skin irritation can include:

  • burning or stinging sensation
  • erythema (redness or other change in skin color)
  • itching
  • dryness
  • peeling
  • inflammation (swelling)
  • discomfort or pain
  • rash
  • blistering

What you can do

To help avoid skin irritation while using tazarotene cream you should:

  • avoid cosmetics and soaps that have a strong drying effect on your skin
  • avoid cosmetic treatments such as waxing or chemical peels
  • talk with your doctor before using other medications on your skin
  • protect your skin with clothing, such as a scarf for your face, in cold or windy weather

If you have skin irritation while using tazarotene cream, talk with your doctor about what to do. They may recommend using the cream less often for a while, such as every other day. This can help your skin get used to the cream. But if the irritation is very bad, they may suggest you stop using the cream for a time until the irritation eases. Your doctor may also recommend a product to soothe the irritation.

If you’re using tazarotene topical cream for plaque psoriasis and have skin irritation that’s bothersome, talk with your doctor. They may switch you to a lower strength product. Tazarotene topical cream is available in only one strength: 0.1%. But a brand-name version of this cream called Tazorac available in a lower strength of 0.05%. This may be less irritating to your skin.

Allergic reaction

As with most drugs, some people can have an allergic reaction after taking tazarotene topical cream. It’s not known how often these reactions occurred in clinical studies.

Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction can include:

A more severe allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • swelling under your skin, typically in your eyelids, lips, hands, or feet
  • swelling of your tongue, mouth, or throat
  • trouble breathing

Call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to tazarotene topical cream, as the reaction could become severe. Call 911 or your local emergency number if your symptoms feel life threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about tazarotene topical cream.

Is tazarotene used for antiaging or to reduce wrinkles?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved tazarotene topical cream for antiaging or to reduce wrinkles. But tazarotene is sometimes used for this purpose.

A brand-name version of tazarotene, called Avage, is FDA-approved to reduce fine facial wrinkles. Avage is also approved to reduce certain types of dark or light spots on the face caused by sun damage. (Sun damage can lead to aging of the skin.)

Keep in mind that Avage doesn’t help prevent or completely get rid of wrinkles. The drug can’t reverse aging caused by sun damage or give you more youthful looking skin. While using Avage, you should protect your skin from sunlight and follow a complete skin care routine that includes a moisturizer.

Tazarotene topical cream might be used for the same purpose as Avage, but this would be an off-label use of the drug. (Off-label drug use means using a drug for a purpose other than what it’s been approved for by the FDA.)

Talk with your doctor if you’re interested in using tazarotene to reduce wrinkles or sun damaged skin.

Does tazarotene help with acne scars or hyperpigmentation (dark spots)?

It may. Tazarotene topical cream isn’t FDA-approved to treat acne scars or dark spots. But the drug may be used off-label for this purpose. (Off-label drug use means using a drug for a purpose other than what it’s been approved for by the FDA.)

Acne can sometimes leave scars or dark spots on your skin. Dark spots are a particular problem in people with darker skin tones. If tazarotene topical cream works to treat your acne, it may help prevent these scars or dark spots from developing.

Tazarotene may also be able to treat these marks, but this would be an off-label use of the medication. One small study found that a gel form of tazarotene could help reduce certain acne scars where there are dents or pits in the skin. Another small study found that a lotion form of tazarotene lightened or shrank dark spots caused by acne in people with darker skin.

If you’re interested in using tazarotene topical cream to treat acne scars or dark spots, talk with your doctor.

Is tazarotene a retinoid?

Yes, tazarotene is a retinoid. Retinoids are a class of drugs that are related to vitamin A.

Retinoids are drugs that work to reduce inflammation, decrease appearance of wrinkles, and unclog blocked pores. Stronger retinoids can help treat skin conditions, such as acne and psoriasis.

Retinoids come in two forms: topical and oral. Topical retinoids come in creams, gels, and liquids that you apply directly to the skin. Oral retinoids include tablets and capsules that you take by mouth.

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about tazarotene and other retinoids.

Can tazarotene be used for keratosis pilaris?

Tazarotene topical cream isn’t FDA-approved to treat a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. But your doctor may prescribe the drug off-label for this condition. (Off-label drug use means using a drug for a purpose other than what it’s been approved for by the FDA.)

With keratosis pilaris, you have small, rough bumps on your skin. It typically affects the upper arms or thighs. The bumps are caused by a buildup of dead skin cells in pores. Keratosis pilaris is harmless. If its appearance bothers you, medication, such as tazarotene, is the usual treatment.

Tazarotene slows down the production of skin cells. This stops dead skin cells from building up in your pores. As a result, the drug can help reduce the bumpy appearance of the skin.

If you’re interested in using tazarotene topical cream to treat keratosis pilaris, talk with your doctor.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves prescription drugs such as tazarotene topical cream to treat certain conditions. Tazarotene topical cream may also be used off-label for other conditions. Off-label drug use means using a drug for a purpose other than what it’s been approved for by the FDA.

Tazarotene topical cream for acne

Tazarotene topical cream is FDA-approved to treat acne in adults as well as children ages 12 years and older. (“Topical” means applied to the skin.)

Acne is a common condition that causes blackheads and whiteheads (spots or pimples). Acne typically affects your face and neck, but it can also affect your shoulders, back, and arms.

With acne, the pores in your skin produce excessive amounts of sebum (oil). Your skin pores become blocked by sebum and a buildup of dead skin cells. Certain bacteria that are found on your skin feed on sebum. These bacteria produce waste products that cause inflammation (swelling) in your skin.

As a result, your skin may develop:

  • comedones (blackheads)
  • inflamed papules (small red, purple, brown, or dark bumps)
  • whiteheads or pustules (pus-filled pimples or spots)

With more severe forms of acne, you may also develop:

  • nodules (large, hard, painful growths deep in your skin)
  • cysts (large, painful, pus-filled bumps or boils deep in your skin)

Tazarotene slows down the production of skin cells, so it stops dead skin cells building up in your pores. It helps stop blackheads and whiteheads from developing. It also helps to reduce inflammation in your skin.

Effectiveness for acne

Tazarotene topical cream is an effective treatment for acne. It’s recommended as a treatment option for acne in guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology.

To find out how this treatment performed in clinical studies, see the drug’s prescribing information.

Tazarotene topical cream for plaque psoriasis

Tazarotene topical cream is FDA-approved to treat plaque psoriasis in adults.

Plaque psoriasis is a skin condition that causes thick, scaly patches or plaques (raised areas) to develop on your skin. It’s an autoimmune condition, which means it’s caused by your immune system attacking cells in your body by mistake.

With plaque psoriasis, your immune system attacks your skin cells. This causes more of the cells to develop rapidly. The cells build up into scaly plaques on the surface of your skin. Your immune system also causes inflammation (swelling) around the plaques.

Psoriasis plaques typically develop on your knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. But the condition can affect the skin on any part of your body. It can also affect your nails.

Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • pink or red patches with silvery white scales on lighter skin tones
  • purple or dark brown patches with grey scales on darker skin tones
  • itching and swelling of the patches
  • thick, crumbling nails

Tazarotene slows down the production of skin cells, so it helps reduce the buildup of psoriasis plaques. The drug also helps ease inflammation in your skin.

Effectiveness for plaque psoriasis

Tazarotene topical cream is an effective treatment for plaque psoriasis. It’s recommended as a treatment option for mild to moderate plaque psoriasis in guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology.

To learn how this treatment performed in clinical studies, see the drug’s prescribing information.

Tazarotene topical cream and children

Tazarotene topical cream is FDA-approved to treat acne in children ages 12 years and older. It’s not known if the drug is safe and effective for treating acne in children younger than this. For information on this use of the drug for acne, see “Tazarotene topical cream for acne” above.

Tazarotene topical cream is not FDA-approved to treat plaque psoriasis in children younger than age 18 years. It’s not known if the drug is safe and effective for this age group.

Your doctor might recommend using tazarotene topical cream with other drugs. (“Topical” means applied to the skin.)

For example, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using topical tazarotene with a topical corticosteroid for mild to moderate psoriasis. This combination is more effective than using tazarotene alone.

For acne, your doctor might recommend tazarotene topical cream with other topical medications. These may include benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics.

You might also use tazarotene topical cream for acne with medications you take by mouth, such as an oral antibiotic or a birth control pill.

There are no known interactions between tazarotene topical cream and alcohol. But drinking alcohol can cause flare-ups of acne or psoriasis or in some people.

If you drink alcohol, talk with your doctor about how this might affect your skin condition and its treatment.

Tazarotene topical cream can interact with several other medications. (“Topical” means applied to the skin.)

Different interactions can cause different effects. For instance, some interactions can interfere with how well a drug works. Other interactions can increase the number of side effects or make them more severe.

Tazarotene topical cream and other medications

Below is a list of medications that can interact with tazarotene topical cream. This list does not contain all drugs that may interact with tazarotene topical cream.

Before using tazarotene topical cream, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Tell them about all prescription, over-the-counter, and other drugs you take. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbs, and supplements you use. Sharing this information can help you avoid potential interactions.

If you have questions about these or other drug interactions that may affect you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Drugs that may interact with tazarotene topical cream include:

  • Other topical treatments for acne or psoriasis. Using tazarotene topical cream with these treatments may increase your risk for dry skin or irritation. Examples of these treatments include:
    • calcipotriene (Dovonex, Sorilux)
    • coal tar (Psoriatar, Scytera, Cutar, Eucutasol)
  • Certain antibiotics. Using tazarotene topical cream with certain antibiotics may increase your risk of severe sunburn. Examples of these antibiotics include:
    • sulfamethoxazole
  • Thiazide diuretics. Thiazide diuretics are found in some blood pressure medications. They can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Using tazarotene topical cream with one of these drugs can increase your risk of severe sunburn. An example of this type of drug is hydrochlorothiazide.
  • Phenothiazines. Phenothiazines are a type of drug used to treat nausea and vomiting, and certain mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. They can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Using tazarotene topical cream with one of these can increase your risk of severe sunburn. Examples of these drugs include:
    • prochlorperazine (Procomp)
    • promethazine (Promethegan)

Tazarotene topical cream and herbs and supplements

There aren’t any herbs or supplements that have been specifically reported to interact with tazarotene topical cream. But you should still check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any of these products while using tazarotene topical cream.

Tazarotene topical cream and foods

There aren’t any foods that have been specifically reported to interact with tazarotene topical cream. If you have any questions about eating certain foods with tazarotene topical cream, talk with your doctor.

As with all medications, the cost of tazarotene topical cream can vary. To find current prices for tazarotene topical cream in your area, check out GoodRx.com.


The cost you find on GoodRx.com is what you may pay without insurance. The actual price you’ll pay depends on your insurance plan, your location, and the pharmacy you use.

Keep in mind that you may be able to get a 90-day supply of tazarotene topical cream. If approved by your insurance company, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor or your insurance company.

Before approving coverage for tazarotene topical cream, your insurance company may require you to get prior authorization. This means that your doctor and insurance company will need to communicate about your prescription before the insurance company will cover the drug. The insurance company will review the prior authorization request and decide if the drug will be covered.

If you’re not sure if you’ll need to get prior authorization for tazarotene topical cream, contact your insurance company.

Financial and insurance assistance

Financial assistance to help you pay for tazarotene topical cream may be available.

Medicine Assistance Tool and NeedyMeds are two websites with resources that may help decrease the price you pay for tazarotene topical cream. They also offer tools to help you find low-cost healthcare, as well as educational resources. To learn more, visit their sites.

Mail-order pharmacies

Tazarotene topical cream may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to get your medication without leaving home.

If recommended by your doctor, you may be able to receive a 90-day supply of tazarotene topical cream, so there’s less concern about running out of the medication. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor and your insurance company. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications.

If you don’t have insurance, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist about online pharmacy options.

Tazarotene topical cream is used to treat acne and plaque psoriasis. It belongs to a class of drugs called retinoids. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. How a drug works is called its mechanism of action.

How tazarotene works for acne

With acne, a buildup of dead skin cells and sebum (oil) blocks skin pores. Certain bacteria feed on sebum and produce waste products that cause inflammation (swelling) in your skin. These processes cause blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed bumps to develop. With more severe forms of acne, you may also have large, painful nodules and cysts deep in your skin.

Tazarotene works for acne by slowing down the production of skin cells. This stops dead skin cells from building up in your pores. The drug unblocks pores and helps stop blackheads and whiteheads from developing. Tazarotene also works by reducing inflammation in your skin.

How tazarotene works for psoriasis

With plaque psoriasis, your immune system attacks your skin cells by mistake. This causes more skin cells to develop rapidly. The cells build up into scaly plaques on the surface of your skin. Your immune system also causes inflammation (swelling) around the plaques.

Tazarotene slows down the production of skin cells, so it helps reduce the buildup of psoriasis plaques. The drug also helps reduce inflammation in your skin.

How long does it take to work?

Tazarotene topical cream may start working in 1 to 2 weeks. But it can take up to 12 weeks to have its full effect.

You should use tazarotene topical cream according to the instructions your doctor or other healthcare professional gives you. (“Topical” means applied to the skin.)

You should apply the cream only to areas of skin with acne or to the psoriasis plaques. You shouldn’t use the cream on healthy or irritated skin. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream.

When to use

You should apply tazarotene topical cream once a day, in the evening.

If you have acne, gently cleanse and dry your skin before using tazarotene topical cream.

If you have psoriasis, you don’t need to cleanse your skin before applying tazarotene topical cream. But if you’ve had a bath or shower, make sure your skin is dry before using the cream. If you’ve used a moisturizer on your skin, don’t apply tazarotene topical cream for at least 1 hour.

To help make sure that you don’t miss a dose, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or timer on your phone or downloading a reminder app.

The following information describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. However, be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.

Drug strength

Tazarotene topical cream comes in one strength: 0.1%.

Dosage for acne

To treat acne in adults and children ages 12 years and older, apply a thin layer of tazarotene topical cream to the affected area once per day. Apply the cream in the evening.

Dosage for plaque psoriasis

To treat plaque psoriasis in adults, apply a thin layer of tazarotene topical cream to the affected area once per day. Apply the cream in the evening.

Children’s dosage

Tazarotene topical cream can be used to treat acne in children ages 12 years and older. The dosage for children is the same as the dosage for adults. See “Dosage for acne” above.

Tazarotene topical cream is not approved to treat plaque psoriasis in children. Talk with your child’s doctor about the best treatment for their plaque psoriasis.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss an application of tazarotene topical cream, skip that dose. Apply the cream as usual the following evening. You shouldn’t apply more cream than usual to make up for a missed dose. Doing so can cause severe skin irritation.

To help make sure that you don’t miss a dose, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or timer on your phone or downloading a reminder app. A kitchen timer can work, too.

Will I need to use this drug long term?

It depends. Your doctor may prescribe tazarotene topical cream as a short- or long-term treatment. You can talk with them about how long you should use tazarotene topical cream.

Tazarotene topical cream should not be used during pregnancy. The drug could harm a developing fetus. There haven’t been studies to see if the drug can cause harm when used while pregnant. But it contains a type of drug called a retinoid, and retinoids are known to harm the fetus when used during pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant or have plans to become pregnant, ask your doctor what other medications are safe for you.

If you can become pregnant, you’ll need to have a pregnancy test in the 2 weeks before you start using tazarotene topical cream. This is so your doctor can make sure that you’re not pregnant. You should start using the cream during your period.

If you think you could be pregnant while using tazarotene topical cream, stop using it and talk with your doctor right away.

Tazarotene topical cream is not safe to use during pregnancy. If you’re sexually active and you or your partner can become pregnant, talk with your doctor about your birth control needs while you’re using tazarotene topical cream.

For more information about using tazarotene topical cream during pregnancy, see the “Tazarotene topical cream and pregnancy” section above.

It’s not known if tazarotene topical cream is safe to use during breastfeeding. It’s also not known if tazarotene passes into breast milk when tazarotene topical cream is applied to the skin.

If you’re breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, talk with your doctor about whether this medication is right for you.

Before using Tazarotene topical cream, talk with your doctor about your health history. This medication may not be right for you if you have certain medical conditions or other factors affecting your health. These include:

  • Eczema. Tazarotene topical cream could cause severe skin irritation you apply it to skin that has eczema. If you have eczema, you should not use tazarotene topical cream on it.
  • Allergic reaction. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to tazarotene topical cream or any of its ingredients, you should not use it. Ask your doctor what other medications are better options for you.
  • Pregnancy. You should not use tazarotene topical cream If you’re pregnant or think you could be. For more information, see the “Tazarotene topical cream and pregnancy” section above.
  • Breastfeeding. It’s not known if tazarotene topical cream is safe to use during breastfeeding. For more information, see the “Tazarotene topical cream and breastfeeding” section above.

Note: For more information about the potential negative effects of tazarotene topical cream, see the “Tazarotene topical cream side effects” section above.

Do not use more tazarotene topical cream than your doctor recommends. Using more than the recommended dosage may cause severe peeling, discomfort, or changes in skin color (such as redness or darkening).

What to do in case you use too much tazarotene topical cream

If you think you’ve used too much of this drug, call your doctor. You can also call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or your local emergency number, or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

When you get tazarotene topical cream from the pharmacy, the pharmacist will add an expiration date to the label on the packaging. This date is typically 1 year from the date they dispensed the medication.

The expiration date helps guarantee that the medication is effective during this time. The current stance of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to avoid using expired medications. If you have unused medication that’s gone past the expiration date, talk with your pharmacist about whether you might still be able to use it.

Storage

How long a medication remains good can depend on many factors, including how and where you store the medication.

You should store tazarotene topical cream at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C) and away from light. Be sure to keep the tube tightly closed. Avoid storing this medication in areas where it could get damp or wet, such as bathrooms.

Disposal

If you no longer need to take tazarotene topical cream and have leftover medication, it’s important to dispose of it safely. This helps prevent others, including children and pets, from taking the drug by accident. It also helps keep the drug from harming the environment.

This article provides several useful tips on medication disposal. You can also ask your pharmacist for information about how to dispose of your medication.

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