Calcipotriene (On the skin)


Calcipotriene (kal-si-poe-TRYE-een)
Treats psoriasis in adults.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Dovonex, Calcitrene

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to calcipotriene. This medicine should not be used if you have hypercalcemia (too much calcium in your body). You should not use this medicine on your face.

How to Use This Medicine

Ointment, Liquid, Cream
  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer of the ointment or cream to the red, scaly patches on your skin. Rub in gently and thoroughly.
  • To use the liquid on your scalp: First comb your hair to remove extra flakes and scales. Then apply the medicine only on the affected patches on your scalp. Gently rub the medicine in. Be careful to not get the medicine on your forehead.
  • The liquid medicine is flammable. This means it could catch on fire. Do not use the medicine near flames or fire. This includes cigarettes, lighters, and candles.
  • Your skin should look better after about 2 weeks of use.
If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
  • Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use more calcipotriene than your doctor ordered. Using too much of this medicine may cause too much calcium to build up in your body.
  • This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Extreme confusion or mood swings.
  • Increase in thirst or how often you urinate.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Severe skin irritation or worsening of psoriasis.
  • Severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Uneven heartbeat.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Burning, redness, or peeling of skin.
  • Constipation.
  • Loss of appetite.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
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