TAZORAC SIDE EFFECTS

  • Generic Name: tazarotene gel
  • Brand Name: Tazorac
  • Drug Class: Acne Agents, Topical, Antipsoriatics, Systemic, Retinoid-like Agents, Topical
Last updated on MDtodate: 10/12/2022

SIDE EFFECTS

The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in more detail in other sections of the labeling:

  • Embryofetal toxicity
  • Photosensitivity and Risk of Sunburn

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

Psoriasis

A total of 439 subjects 14 to 87 years of age were treated with TAZORAC Gel, 0.05% and 0.1% in two controlled clinical trials. The most frequent adverse events reported with TAZORAC Gel, 0.05% and 0.1% occurring in 10 to 30% of subjects, in descending order, included pruritus, burning/stinging, erythema, worsening of psoriasis, irritation, and skin pain. Reactions occurring in 1 to 10% of subjects included rash, desquamation, irritant contact dermatitis, skin inflammation, fissuring, bleeding, and dry skin. Increases in “psoriasis worsening” and “sun-induced erythema” were noted in some subjects over the 4th to 12th months of treatment as compared to the first three months of a 1 year study. In general, the incidence of adverse events with TAZORAC Gel 0.05% was 2 to 5% lower than that seen with TAZORAC Gel 0.1%.

Acne

A total of 596 subjects 12 to 44 years of age were treated with TAZORAC Gel, 0.05% and 0.1% in two controlled clinical trials. The most frequent adverse events reported during clinical trials with TAZORAC Gel, 0.1% in the treatment of acne occurring in 10 to 30% of subjects, in descending order, included desquamation, burning/stinging, dry skin, erythema and pruritus. Reactions occurring in 1 to 10% of subjects included irritation, skin pain, fissuring, localized edema and skin discoloration.

Postmarketing Experience

Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of tazarotene.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: blister, dermatitis, urticaria, skin exfoliation, skin discoloration (including skin hyperpigmentation or skin hypopigmentation), swelling at or near application sites, and pain.

 

SRC: NLM .