Allergan | Avage (Medication)
Avage is an adjunctive agent in the topical treatment of facial fine wrinkling, mottled facial hypo- and hyper-pigmentation (blotchy skin discoloration), and benign facial lentigines (flat patches of skin discoloration) in patients using a comprehensive skin care and sunlight avoidance program. Avage does not eliminate or prevent wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, reverse photoaging, or restore more youthful or younger skin. Clinical studies have proven that Avage Cream provides significant visible results when used as part of a total skin care and sunlight avoidance program.
Avage cream contains the retinoid tazarotene in an emollient cream formulation. Retinoids are powerful compounds chemically related to vitamin A. Although scientists do not know how tazarotene works, they believe it works below the skin's surface to provide proven visible results. Research has shown that retinoids such as tazarotene work below the skin's surface to reduce facial fine wrinkles, fade aging spots, and even skin tone. ...
Avage is mostly safe for most of the people and does not cause severe adverse reaction. Most common it may cause:itching, redness, irritation, burning or stinging, scaling, dry skin, or pain at application site. If any of these persist or worsen, call your doctor.
More unlikely, but serious side effects include:severe redness, irritation, or peeling at application site. If you notice any of these seek medical help immediately.
Seek medical care if you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:rash, itching, difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives. ...
Because of heightened burning susceptibility, exposure to sunlight (including sunlamps) should be avoided unless deemed medically necessary, and in such cases, exposure should be minimized during the use of Avage.
You should use sunscreens (minimum SPF of 15) and protective clothing when using Avage Cream. Patients with sunburn should not to use Avage until fully recovered. Patients who may have considerable sun exposure due to their occupation and those patients with inherent sensitivity to sunlight should exercise particular caution when using Avage.
Cream should be administered with caution if the patient is also taking drugs known to be photosensitizers (e. g. , thiazides, tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, phenothiazines, sulfonamides) because of the increased possibility of augmented photosensitivity.
Some individuals may experience excessive pruritus, burning, skin redness, or peeling. If these effects occur, the medication should either be discontinued until the integrity of the skin is restored, or the dosing should be reduced to an interval the patient can tolerate. However, efficacy at reduced frequency of application has not been established. Weather extremes, such as wind or cold, may be more irritating to patients using Avage Cream.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...