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  • Generic Name: (betamethasone dipropionate/calcipotriene)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 07/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Taclonex topical suspension is a topical (applied directly on the skin) medicine used to treat plaque psoriasis on the scalp in adolescents, and on the body and scalp in adults. Taclonex topical suspension contains two medicines that work in different ways to treat your plaque psoriasis: calcipotriene and betamethasone.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Calcipotriene is thought to work by slowing the excessive production of skin cells, while betamethasone is thought to work by reducing skin irritation (such as itching and redness). Together, they work to treat your plaque psoriasis.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Studies showed that more people treated with Taclonex topical suspension were cleared of skin redness, thickness, or scaling or had very mild disease, compared to people who were treated with either ingredient alone.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you use Taclonex topical suspension exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin once you begin using Taclonex topical suspension. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your plaque psoriasis symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      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: inflamed hair follicles, burning sensation of the skin.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Skin problems, such as thinning of your skin, inflammation, itching, irritation, dryness, changes in skin color, redness, infection, or raised bumps on your skin.

      Eye irritation if you accidentally get Taclonex topical suspension in your eyes.

      Taclonex topical suspension may also cause increased calcium in your blood or urine, or adrenal gland problems. Your healthcare provider may do blood and urine tests to check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex topical suspension.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Taclonex topical suspension if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Taclonex topical suspension. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a calcium metabolism disorder, thinning-skin at the site to be treated, are getting light therapy (phototherapy treatments) for your psoriasis, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      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.

      Plaque Psoriasis on the Scalp and Body

      Adults: Apply to the affected area(s) once a day for up to 8 weeks. Do not use more than 100 grams in 1 week.

      Plaque Psoriasis on the Scalp

      Adolescents 12-17 years: Apply to the affected area(s) once a day for up to 8 weeks. Do not use more than 60 grams in 1 week.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Apply Taclonex topical suspension exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not apply it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Shake the Taclonex topical suspension bottle before you use it.

      Do not apply Taclonex topical suspension to the scalp in the 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments to your hair.

      Wash your hands after using Taclonex topical suspension.

      Do not wash your hair, take a bath, or shower right after applying Taclonex topical suspension to your scalp.

      Stop treatment when your plaque psoriasis is under control, unless your healthcare provider gives you other instructions.

      Be sure to review the instructions that come with your prescription before using Taclonex topical suspension.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not use Taclonex topical suspension on your face, eyes, groin, or armpits, or if you have thinning of your skin at the treatment site. If you accidentally get Taclonex topical suspension on your face or in your eyes, wash the area with water right away.

      Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area, unless instructed by your healthcare provider.

      Do not spend a long time in sunlight or expose your skin to artificial sunlight (including tanning beds or sun lamps).

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Taclonex topical suspension at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Taclonex topical suspension during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not apply Taclonex topical suspension on your breast when you are breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Taclonex topical suspension, 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.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

      Keep the bottle in the outer carton when not in use.

      Throw away any remaining medicine 6 months after it has been opened.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      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

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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