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  • Generic Name: (calcipotriene)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 03/2015
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Calcipotriene topical solution is a medicine used to treat long-term, moderately severe psoriasis (an immune disorder that affects the skin) of the scalp.

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

      How does this medication work?

      Calcipotriene topical solution is a form of vitamin D and is thought to work 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: Clinical studies have shown that Calcipotriene topical solution reduced the symptoms of psoriasis.

      When: You may begin to see results after 2 weeks of starting treatment with Calcipotriene topical solution.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin once you begin using Calcipotriene topical solution. 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.

    • 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, stinging, or tingling around the application site, rash.

      Less common side effects may include: dry skin, discoloration of skin, high blood calcium levels.

    • Who should not take this medication?

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

      Do not use Calcipotriene topical solution if you have any skin eruptions at the treatment site.

      Do not use Calcipotriene topical solution if you have high blood calcium or vitamin D levels.

    • 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 topical solution. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood calcium or vitamin D levels, 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.

      Adults: Apply to the lesions on the scalp twice a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

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

      Comb your hair to remove scaly debris, and then rub Calcipotriene topical solution gently and completely to the affected area(s).

      Take care to prevent the solution from spreading onto your forehead.

      Wash your hands well after applying Calcipotriene topical solution.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not get Calcipotriene topical solution in your face or eyes. If you get Calcipotriene topical solution on your face or in your eyes, wash the area right away.

      Do not expose your skin to excessive natural or artificial sunlight (including tanning beds or sun lamps) while you are using Calcipotriene topical solution. If you have to be in the sun, use sunscreen.

      Do not store Calcipotriene topical solution near heat or open flame. The product is flammable.

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

      No significant interactions have been reported with Calcipotriene topical solution 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 topical solution 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 topical solution, 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. Protect from sunlight. 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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