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Avage Warnings and Precautions

Avage can cause severe skin irritation in people with eczema, so it is generally not recommended for people with this skin condition. Other Avage precautions include safety warnings about pregnancy, sunburns, and protecting yourself from too much sun exposure. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your medical history and current medications. This will help reduce the risk of problems during treatment.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to using Avage® (tazarotene), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
  • A sunburn
  • Eczema
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Warnings and Precautions With Avage

Some precautions and warnings to be aware prior to using Avage include the following:
  • Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not take Avage, as this medication can increase the risk of birth defects and other problems. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within two weeks before starting Avage, and they should start taking it during a normal menstrual period. Adequate birth control must be used at all times (see Avage and Pregnancy).
  • In general, people with eczema should avoid this product, as it can cause severe skin irritation in people with this condition.
  • If you get a sunburn, stop using Avage until your skin has recovered.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight (including artificial sunlight, such as sun lamps or tanning booths), as this medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily while using Avage.
  • Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected when you first start Avage, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use Avage less frequently (such as every other day) if extreme irritation occurs.
  • Avage may interact with a few medications (see Avage Drug Interactions).
  • It is unknown if Avage passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using this drug (see Avage and Breastfeeding).
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