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Composition for A RET TZ

Tazarotene Topical(0.1% w/w)

food interaction for A RET TZ

alcohol interaction for A RET TZ

pregnancy interaction for A RET TZ

lactation interaction for A RET TZ

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take A ret tz gel at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
A ret tz gel is highly unsafe in women who are or may become pregnant.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the fetus and should not be given under any circumstances. Please consult your doctor.
A ret tz gel is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Tazarotene Topical(0.1% w/w)


A ret tz gel is used for the treatment of mild to moderate plaque psoriasis (common form of skin disease that appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white build-up of dead skin cells).

How it works

Tazarotene is a topical antipsoriatic that belongs to a group of medications called as retinoids. It works by decreasing skin inflammation, excessive skin proliferation and certain skin changes associated with psoriasis.

Common side effects

Pain, Swelling, Acne-like rash, Burning sensation, Itching, Tingling sensation, Changes in skin color, Deep grooves in skin, Skin rash, Skin redness


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Expert advice for A RET TZ

  • Take precautions to ensure that tazarotene topical is applied only to areas of affected skin (psoriatic lesions), avoiding application to healthy skin or in skin folds.
  • You can apply an effective greasy non-medicated cream to the treated areas of the skin in case you experience dryness or irritation. 
  • Cover the healthy skin around the treated areas with zinc paste to prevent irritation.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to UV light (including sunlight, use of a solarium, PUVA or UVB therapy) during tazarotene therapy.
  • Do not apply tazarotene gel in moist, hair-covered areas such as armpits, groin and do not cover areas to be treated with dressings or bandages.
  • Do not apply tazarotene gel on more than 10% of the total surface of the body (approximately equivalent to the total skin area of one arm).
  • Take precautions to not use any creams or cosmetics within 1 hour of applying tazarotene.
  • In cases of very dry skin or skin irritations, apply an inert fatty ointment base to the affected skin areas at least one hour before using tazarotene gel.
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to tazarotene or any of its ingredients.
  • It should not given to pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • It should not given to children < 18 years of age.
  • Patients having psoriasis with pus discharge (psoriasis pustulosa) or psoriasis with increased scale formation (exfoliative psoriasis) on the face.

Frequently asked questions for A RET TZ

Tazarotene Topical

Q. Is tazarotene a retinoid?
Tazarotene is a retinoid.
Q. Is tazarotene a steroid? 
Tazarotene is not a steroid. 
Q. Does tazarotene work for wrinkles?
Tazarotene does not work for wrinkles. 


Content on this page was last updated on 05 July, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)