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Precautions and Warnings With Tazarotene Foam

Although tazarotene foam can be an effective acne treatment, this medicine is not suitable for everyone. In fact, women must have a negative pregnancy test before starting treatment with this drug, and must use effective birth control during treatment. Other safety warnings and precautions with tazarotene foam involve potential drug interactions and risks for people with eczema or a sunburn.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using tazarotene foam (Fabior®) if you have:
  • Eczema
  • A sunburn
  • 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 tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Tazarotene Foam Precautions and Warnings

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

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