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Calcipotriene and Betamethasone
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Calcipotriene and Betamethasone Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Taclonex Scalp®; Taclonex®

Canadian Brand Names

Dovobet®; Xamiol®

Pharmacologic Category

Corticosteroid, Topical; Vitamin D Analog

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to betamethasone, calcipotriene or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have a skin infection.

How does it work?

• Betamethasone prevents or reduces irritation and swelling.

• Calcipotriene is a form of vitamin D that affects skin development.

How is it best taken?

• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

• Do not apply to face, groin, armpits, or other skin fold areas.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Shake suspension well before use.

• Apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in gently.

• To use on the scalp, part your hair. Apply medicine to affected area. Rub in gently. Let it dry. You may wash your hair as usual.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Apply a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not apply a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Throw away any unused portion of suspension after 3 months.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:56:29.0

Modified: 2010-06-17 08:38:42.0

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