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Generic Name: tazarotene topical (ta ZAR oh teen)
Brand Names: Avage, Fabior, Tazorac
Fabior foam (tazarotene) is a prescription medicine used to treat acne vulgaris adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old. Includes Fabior side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Fabior (tazarotene topical) is a compound similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and may improve the appearance and texture of skin. Fabior foam is used to treat acne vulgaris in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old. It is not known if Fabior foam is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age. Tazarotene can cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine you are pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy. Stop using Fabior and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, if you stop using birth control, or if you miss a menstrual period. Women who use tazarotene should start the medication during a menstrual period. Learn more

Fabior Side Effects

Fabior Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about tazarotene topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Fabior.

For the Consumer

Applies to tazarotene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, tazarotene topical (the active ingredient contained in Fabior) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking tazarotene topical:

More common

  • Burning or stinging of the skin (severe)
  • changes in color of the treated skin
  • deep grooves or lines in the skin
  • dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (severe)
  • pain or swelling of the treated skin
  • skin rash (in patients with psoriasis only)

Incidence not known

  • Blistering, crusting, or irritation of the skin
  • cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • flaking and falling off of the skin
  • swelling at or near the application site

Some side effects of tazarotene topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Burning or stinging after application
  • dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (mild)

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tazarotene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel


Very common (10% or more): Desquamation (29%), dry skin (27%), erythema (21%), burning sensation (14%)

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, irritation, nonspecific rash, irritant contact dermatitis, skin pain, worsening of psoriasis, stinging sensation, inflammation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cheilitis, excoriated skin, eczema, erythema sun-induced, papules, skin tightness, worsened acne

Postmarketing reports: Blister, dermatitis, urticaria, skin exfoliation, swelling at or near application sites, skin discoloration (including skin hyperpigmentation or skin hypopigmentation)


Common (1% to 10%): Hypertriglyceridemia


Common (1% to 10%): Facial pain


Common (1% to 10%): Eyelid edema, eyelid irritation, eyelid inflammation


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Infection


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngitis

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache, hypesthesia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Fabior