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Psoriasis and Calcipotriene

Written by ColleenO, FoundHealth.

Calcipotriene is a synthetic form of vitamin D used for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Sold as Dovonex in the US, it is a prescription medication that is available as a cream, ointment, or scalp solution. Calcipotriene has recently become available in combination with a topical steroid Betamethasone as Taclonex.

Effect of Calcipotriene on Psoriasis

Calcipotriene helps treat psoriasis by slowing down the over-production of skin cells.

Read more details about Calcipotriene.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Skin irritation.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe skin irritation.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

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