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Avage Side Effects

In clinical studies, up to 40 percent of people taking Avage developed peeling skin, compared to people using a placebo. Other commonly reported problems included redness, dry skin, and a burning sensation. However, it's important to note that many of the drug's side effects improve with time. If you develop intolerable side effects with Avage, your healthcare provider may recommend applying it less frequently.

An Introduction to Avage Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Avage® (tazarotene). However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Avage. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Avage

Avage has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using Avage were documented and compared to those that occurred in another group of people using a placebo cream (a cream with no active ingredients). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
 
In these studies, the most commonly reported Avage side effects included:
 
  • Skin peeling -- in up to 40 percent of people
  • Redness -- up to 34 percent
  • Burning sensation -- up to 26 percent
  • Dry skin -- up to 16 percent
  • Skin irritation -- up to 10 percent
  • Itching -- up to 10 percent.
     
Other common reactions (occurring in 1 to 8 percent of people) included:
 
  • Contact dermatitis (skin inflammation caused by an irritating substance)
  • Stinging
  • Acne
  • Rash
  • Chapped, inflamed lips.
     
In general, many of the side effects of Avage improve with time. If they become intolerable, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use the medicine less frequently until your skin adjusts to it.
 
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