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Taclonex ointment is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat psoriasis. Taclonex ointment contains two medicines that work in different ways to treat your psoriasis: calcipotriene and betamethasone.
How does this medication work?
Calcipotriene works by slowing the excessive production of skin cells and betamethasone works by reducing skin irritation, such as swelling and itching. Together, they work to treat your psoriasis.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Studies show that by the end of treatment, more people treated with Taclonex ointment presented with no skin redness, thickness, or scaling or had very mild disease, compared to people who were treated with either ingredient alone.
When: You may start seeing results within 4 weeks of treatment with Taclonex ointment.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin once you begin using Taclonex ointment. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: itching, scaly rash.
Less common side effects may include:
Skin reactions at the application site, such as redness, irritation, burning, inflamed hair follicles, change in skin color, or thinning of skin.
Taclonex ointment may also cause increased calcium in your blood or urine or adrenal gland problems. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex ointment.
Do not use Taclonex ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not use Taclonex ointment if you have atrophy (thinning of the skin) at the site to be treated.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Taclonex ointment. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a skin infection, have a calcium metabolism disorder, are getting phototherapy treatments (light therapy) for psoriasis, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply to the affected area(s) once a day for up to 4 weeks.
Apply Taclonex ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not apply it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Gently rub Taclonex ointment into your affected skin area(s).
Wash your hands well after applying Taclonex ointment.
Do not apply Taclonex ointment to your face, eyes, under arms, or groin area. If you get Taclonex ointment on your face or in your eyes, wash the area right away.
Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated skin area, unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
Do not expose your skin to excessive natural or artificial sunlight (including tanning beds or sun lamps). If you have to be in the sun, use sunscreen.
No significant interactions have been reported with Taclonex ointment at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Taclonex ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Taclonex ointment, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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