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

      Calcipotriene ointment is a medicine used to treat plaque psoriasis.

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

      How does this medication work?

      Calcipotriene ointment works by slowing the excessive production of skin cells.

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

      What: Studies show that 56.7% (once a day application) and 70% (twice a day application) of people treated with calcipotriene ointment showed at least noticeable improvement after 8 weeks of treatment.

      When: You may begin to see an improvement in your psoriasis two weeks after starting treatment with calcipotriene ointment.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin after you start using calcipotriene ointment.

    • 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: burning, itching, skin irritation.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Temporary and reversible increases of blood calcium levels. If your blood calcium levels increase outside the normal range, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop using calcipotriene ointment until your levels go back to normal.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use calcipotriene ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use calcipotriene ointment if you have high blood calcium or vitamin D levels.

      Do not use calcipotriene ointment on your face.

    • 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 calcipotriene ointment. 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 a thin layer to the affected area(s) once or twice a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

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

      Rub calcipotriene ointment in gently and completely.

      Wash your hands after applying calcipotriene ointment.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not get calcipotriene ointment in or near your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

      Do not exposure your skin to excessive natural or artificial sunlight (including tanning booths and sun lamps) while you are using calcipotriene ointment.

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

      No significant interactions have been reported with calcipotriene ointment 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 calcipotriene ointment 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 calcipotriene 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.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

    • 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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