calcipotriene topical (generic name)

It is a form of vitamin D that is used on the scalp to treat psoriasis
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What is this medicine?

CALCIPOTRIENE (kal si poe TRYE een) is a form of vitamin D that is used on the scalp to treat psoriasis. This medicine is not a cure, but it helps reduce the redness, thickness, and scaling that occur with psoriasis.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • high level of calcium in the blood or urine
  • high level of vitamin D in the blood
  • kidney stones
  • sunburn
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to calcipotriene, vitamin D, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Comb hair to remove scaly debris. Ater parting hair, apply solution to lesions and rub in gently and completely. Avoid spreading the solution onto the forehead or unaffected areas. Keep away from eyes. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Do not use this medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • calcium supplements
  • vitamin D

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Improvement is usually seen within 2 weeks, although the full effect of this medicine may not appear for about 4 to 8 weeks.This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • constipation
  • depression
  • increased thirst
  • nausea, vomiting
  • skin redness and swelling
  • unusually weak or tired
  • worsening of psoriasis

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in skin color
  • dry peeling skin
  • increased sensitivity to the sun
  • skin irritation, stinging

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: November 10, 2010
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