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Generic name: tazarotene topical [ ta-ZAR-oh-teen ]
Brand names: Arazlo, Fabior, Tazorac, Avage

What is Avage?

Avage is a skin-friendly compound that's similar to Vitamin A. It can help the skin renew itself faster and improve its appearance and texture.Avage's tazarotene is used for the reduction of fine wrinkles, light and dark patches of skin on the facial area, and benign lentigines on the face in adults and teenagers who are older than 17 years.The Tazorac and Tazorac brands of topical tazarotene are used to treat acne vulgaris among adults and adolescents aged at least 12 years.The Arazlo tazarotene brand is used for treating acne vulgaris among adults and adolescents aged at least nine years.Tazorac can also be used to treat plaque psoriasis in adults (raised, flaky skin).This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Avage.

Side effects of Avage

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Avage may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor immediately if:

  • After applying the medicine, you may experience severe skin reactions (pain, itching, burning, flaking, peeling, stinging, or flakes).
  • Blistering or peeling of the skin
  • Severe redness or discomfort
  • Skin infections can be characterised by swelling, warmth, oozing, or other symptoms.|

Avage can cause the following side effects:

  • Dry, scaly, or peeling skin
  • Skin pain, burning, or redness;
  • Itching or irritation of the treated skin

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Avage may cause birth defects. Avoid using it if pregnant. Use birth control to avoid pregnancy.Do not use Avage if you are pregnant or have missed a period.

Prior to using this drug

Avage should not be used if the user is allergic to it or pregnant.A negative pregnancy test must be obtained within two weeks of starting the treatment.

Tell your doctor about any of the following:

  • Eczema or sunburn;
  • Skin cancer
  • Lentigo maligna is a skin cancer.
  • An allergic reaction to skin products;
  • If you work outdoors.

Avoid using Avage while pregnant. This medicine could cause birth defects or harm to the unborn child. While using this medication, use effective birth control methods to avoid pregnancy.Do not use Avage if you are pregnant or have missed a period.Breastfeeding may not be possible while taking this medication. You should consult your doctor if you are concerned about any risks.Avage is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17. Tazorac or Tazoor should not treat acne in children younger than 12 years. Fabior is not recommended for treating Psoriasis among anyone younger than 18 years.

How do I take Avage?

Avage is typically applied at night or before bedtime. Please read the instructions on your prescription and all other documentation. Follow the directions on the label.Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin. Avage should not be used on wounds that are open or sunburned or windburned or chapped or dry skin. Rinse with water if this medication gets into your eyes, nose, or mouth.Avoid using this medication on wounds and eczema. Avage should not be used until the condition has fully healed.Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication. If you don't understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Women using Avage are advised to start taking the medication at least one day before their period.Avoid applying medication to areas that are not affected. If you accidentally apply medication to areas that don't need treatment, it is best to wash it off.Before each use, shake the Fabian foam thoroughly.During treatment with Avage, your skin may be more susceptible to extreme weather conditions such as wind or cold. Use clothing to protect your skin and moisturisers or lotions as necessary.Store away from moisture, heat, and moisture. Store items at room temperature, away from moisture and heat sources.Fabric is flammable. Keep away from open flames or high heat. If the canister gets too warm, it may explode. Empty foam canisters should not be punctured or burned. Store the foam canister upright.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are close to your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Avage overdose can cause severe skin irritation. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

Aviod this

Avoid applying medication to areas that are not affected. If you accidentally apply medication to areas that don't need treatment, it is best to wash it away.Do not use other skin medications on areas treated with Avage unless you are told to by your doctor.Avoid tanning beds or exposure to sunlight. Avage may make it easier to get sunburned.When you're outdoors, wear protective clothing and use sunblock with SPF 30 or more.Avoid skin products that can cause irritation. These include harsh soaps and shampoos, permanent hair dyes or chemicals, hair removal or waxes, as well as skin products containing alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.If Avage gets into your eyes, rinse with water.

Interaction with other drug

Avage should not be used in conjunction with any other acne medications, such as benzoyl peroxide. One medication should be applied in the morning and the other in the evening.

Tell your doctor about your other medications, including:

  • An anti-biotic or another medicine can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun.

This list is incomplete. Avage may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines and vitamin and herb products. This list does not include all possible drug interactions.