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How do retinoids help treat psoriasis?

Topical retinoids can be used to treat psoriasis. These are prescription vitamin A-like gels and creams, such as tazarotene (Tazorac and Avage), that slow the rate of skin-cell growth. They have fewer side effects than corticosteroids but are slower acting. Improvement usually begins within 2 months. Women who may become pregnant or plan to become pregnant within 3 years should not use retinoids in any form.

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Does topical tazarotene have any side effects?
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Side effects may include skin redness, pain, itching, a burning or stinging sensation, dryness, infl...
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What are retinoids?
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What is topical tazarotene?
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Topical tazarotene (Tazorac) is a prescription drug that is applied directly to the skin. It is a re...
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What should I know before using topical tazarotene?
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