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  • Generic Name: (calcitriol)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 11/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Vectical ointment is a topical medicine (applied to the skin surface) used to treat plaque psoriasis (an immune disorder that affects the skin).

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

      How does this medication work?

      It has not yet been proven precisely how Vectical works to successfully treat psoriasis.

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

      What: Vectical may help improve symptoms associated with psoriasis.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Vectical 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 after you begin using Vectical.

    • 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: psoriasis, urine abnormality (including high calcium levels in the urine), itching.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Vectical may cause increased blood calcium levels.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Vectical 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 Vectical. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.

    • 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.

      Adults: Apply to the affected area(s) twice a day, in the morning and evening.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Vectical exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Gently rub Vectical into the skin so that no medication remains visible.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not apply Vectical to the eyes, lips, or facial skin.

      Do not get Vectical in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

      Do not expose your skin to excessive natural or artificial sunlight (including tanning beds or sun lamps) while you are using Vectical.

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

      If Vectical is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Vectical with the following: calcium supplements, certain water pills (such as hydrochlorothiazide), or vitamin D supplements.

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

      The effects of Vectical during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Vectical, 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. Do not freeze or refrigerate.

    • 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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