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Calcipotriene ointment is a medicine used to treat plaque psoriasis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
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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