- Basic Info
Generic: calcipotriene topical
It is a form of vitamin D that is used on the skin to treat plaque psoriasis
What is this medicine?CALCIPOTRIENE (kal si poe TRYE een) is a form of vitamin D that is used on the skin to treat plaque psoriasis. This medicine is not a cure. It helps reduce the redness, thickness, and scaling that occur with psoriasis.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- getting light therapy for psoriasis
- high level of calcium in the blood or urine
- high level of vitamin D in the blood
- kidney stones
- an unusual or allergic reaction to calcipotriene, vitamin D, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast- feeding
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not apply this medicine to your face, eyes or genital regions. If you do get this medicine in your eyes, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.