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Avage

Generic name: tazarotene topical

What is Avage used for?

  • Avage is used to lower the number of wrinkles and liver spots.
  • Avage may be given to you for other reasons. Talk to your doctor.

Before taking Avage, tell your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to Avage; any part of this medicine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not use Avage if you are pregnant.
  • If you are able to get pregnant and are not using birth control.
  • If you are sunburned.
  • If you are taking any drugs that may make your skin more sensitive to light. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you are using any drugs that may cause dry skin. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Avage with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Avage?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Avage. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Follow how to take Avage as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
  • Some weather conditions may irritate the skin. Talk with the doctor.
  • Skin may look worse before it looks better.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Use of other skin products while using Avage may cause more irritation.
  • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
  • This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If Avage is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If you are able to get pregnant, a pregnancy test will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting Avage. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm to an unborn baby. Women must use birth control while taking Avage. If you get pregnant, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • If you are breast-feeding, do not put Avage right on the nipple or the area right around it.

How is Avage best taken?

Use Avage as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take Avage by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not put in the vagina.
  • If you get Avage in any of these areas, rinse well with water.
  • If you are able to get pregnant, start using Avage during your normal menstrual period.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not put on cuts, scrapes, eczema, or damaged skin.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Some products are to be used at bedtime. For some products it does not matter. Check with the pharmacist about how to use Avage.
  • Practice good skin care and avoid the sun.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are the side effects of Avage that I need to call my doctor about immediately?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Swelling.

What are some other side effects of Avage?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • It is common to have skin irritation with Avage. These reactions may include burning, dry skin, itching, peeling, redness, and scaling. Call your doctor if you have skin irritation that is severe, bothers you, or does not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If overdose is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Avage?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use and disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Avage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Avage or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Avage. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health. Last updated June 19, 2020.