(calcipotriene 0.005% and betamethasone dipropionate 0.064%) OINTMENT

Not for Ophthalmic, Oral or Intravaginal Use.



Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment contains calcipotriene hydrate and betamethasone dipropionate.

It is intended for topical use.

Calcipotriene hydrate is a synthetic vitamin D3 analogue.

  • Chemically, calcipotriene hydrate is (5Z,7E,22E,24S)-24-cyclopropyl-9,10-secochola-5,7,10(19),22-tetraene-1(α),3(β),24-triol,hydrate, with the empirical formula
  • C27H40O3,H2O, a molecular weight of 430.6, and the following structural formula:

Taclonex (Calcipotriene hydrate) structural formula illustration

Calcipotriene hydrate is a white to almost white crystalline compound.

Betamethasone dipropionate is a synthetic corticosteroid.

Betamethasone dipropionate has the chemical name 9-fluoro-11(β),17,21-trihydroxy-16(β)-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione17,21-dipropionate, with the empirical formula C28H37FO7, a molecular weight of 504.6, and the following structural formula:

Taclonex (Betamethasone dipropionate) structural formula illustration

Betamethasone dipropionate is a white to almost white odorless powder.

Each gram of Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment contains 52.18 mcg of calcipotriene hydrate (equivalent to 50 mcg of calcipotriene) and 0.643 mg of betamethasone dipropionate (equivalent to 0.5 mg of betamethasone) in an ointment base of mineral oil, PPG-15 stearyl ether, dl-alpha tocopherol and white petrolatum.

What are the possible side effects of betamethasone and calcipotriene (Taclonex, Taclonex Scalp)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using betamethasone and calcipotriene and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe skin irritation on treated areas;
  • worsened symptoms or no improvement in psoriasis;
  • pus, swelling, redness, increased itching, or other signs of skin infection;
  • confusion, thirst, extreme tiredness, lost appetite, weight...

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What are the precautions when taking calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate (Taclonex)?

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to betamethasone or calcipotriene; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain mineral imbalance (high calcium blood level), thin skin in the areas to be treated.

If you have a skin infection or a skin reaction other than psoriasis (e.g., bacterial skin infection, chickenpox, herpes simplex), it should be treated before you start this medication. Betamethasone and other corticosteroid drugs can slow down...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 10/17/2007
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.


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