Calcipotriene skin cream or ointment
What does calcipotriene skin cream or ointment do?
CALCIPOTRIENE (Dovonex(R)) is a form of vitamin D that is applied to the skin to treat a type of psoriasis called plaque psoriasis. Calcipotriene is not a cure, but it helps reduce the redness, thickness, and scaling that occur with psoriasis.
What should my health care professional know before I use calcipotriene?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• high level of calcium in the blood
• high level of calcium in the 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
How should I use this medicine?
Calcipotriene is only for use on the skin only. Do not apply the cream or ointment to your face, eyes or genital regions. Apply only to the affected areas as directed. Rub in gently and completely. Do not cover with any dressings (plastic wrap or bandages). Wash your hands well before and after using. Do not exceed the prescribed dose. Do not use calcipotriene more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional 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.
What other medicines can interact with calcipotriene?
• calcium supplements
• vitamin D
Tell your prescriber or health care professional: about any other prescription or non-prescription cream, ointment, lotion or other skin products you are using.
What side effects may I notice from using calcipotriene?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• increased thirst
• nausea, vomiting
• skin redness and swelling
• unusual tiredness or weakness
• worsening of psoriasis
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• change in skin color
• skin irritation, stinging, and itching
• skin rash, redness. dry peeling skin