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What is topical tazarotene?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Topical tazarotene (Tazorac) is a prescription drug that is applied directly to the skin. It is a retinoid, a drug derived from vitamin A. It is mainly used to reduce scaling and plaque thickness, and can also be used for nail psoriasis. It is not as effective as topical corticosteroids or topical vitamin D, and is not usually a first choice for psoriasis treatment. It is more effective when used along with a topical corticosteroid or ultraviolet light therapy. 

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