Calcipotriene skin cream, ointment, or foam
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.
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 side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
unusually weak or tired
worsening of psoriasis
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dry peeling skin
increased sensitivity to the sun
skin irritation, itching, or stinging
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not use any other skin products on the same area of skin without asking your doctor or health care professional.
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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Calcipotriene foam is flammable and should be kept away from fire and heat. Do not puncture or throw the can into a fire, even if the can is empty.
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
an unusual or allergic reaction to calcipotriene, vitamin D, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
The foam is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, or smoking during and right after you apply the foam to your skin.