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Tazarotene is used for the treatment of mild to moderate plaque psoriasis (the most common form of the 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 medicines called retinoids. It works by decreasing skin inflammation and certain skin changes associated with psoriasis.

Common side effects

Pain, Swelling, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Changes in skin color, Deep grooves in skin, Itching, Rash, Skin peeling, Skin redness


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Expert advice

  • Take precautions to ensure that Tazarotene 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.
  • Wash your hands after application of the gel to avoid accidental transfer to the facial skin or eyes.
  • 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.

Frequently asked questions


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 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)