Taclonex

PATIENT INFORMATION

Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment
(calcipotriene, 0.005% and betamethasone dipropionate, 0.064%)

Read the Patient Information that comes with Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment before you start using it and each time you use the ointment. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your condition or treatment.

What is Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment and what is it used for?

Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment is a prescription medicine called a topical (skin-use only). Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment is used on the skin to treat psoriasis vulgaris in adults. Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment contains

  • calcipotriene hydrate, which is somewhat similar to vitamin D, but not the same as vitamin D, and
  • betamethasone dipropionate, which is a strong (potent) corticosteroid.

It is very important that you use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment only as directed, in order to avoid serious side effects.

Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment is not recommended for use in children. Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment has not been studied in patients under the age of 18.

Who should not use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment?

Do not use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment if you:

  • have a calcium metabolism disorder
  • have one of the following types of psoriasis:
  • are allergic to anything in Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients.

What should I tell my doctor before using Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment?

Tell your doctor about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • have a skin infection. Your skin infection should be treated before starting Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment
  • have thin-skin (atrophy) at the site to be treated. You should not use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment
  • are getting phototherapy treatments for your psoriasis
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment can harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor will have to decide if Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment is right for you while pregnant
  • are breastfeeding. It is not known if Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription, and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment and some other medicines can interact with each other. Especially tell your doctor if you use:

  • other corticosteroid medicines
  • other medicines for your psoriasis

How should I use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment?

  • Use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more than the recommended weekly amount of 100 grams of Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment.
  • Do not use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment on your face, under your arms or on your groin. Do not get any Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment in your eyes. Wash your face or eyes right away if you get Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment on them.

Using Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment:

  • Remove the cap and check that the aluminum seal covers the tube, before the first use. To break the seal, turn the cap over and push through the seal.
  • Apply Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment once a day to the areas of your skin affected by psoriasis. Gently rub Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment into your affected skin areas.
  • Do not bandage or tightly cover or wrap the treated skin area. Wear your usual clothes.
  • Only use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment as directed by your doctor. Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment is recommended for up to 4 weeks of treatment. Do not use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment for more than 4 weeks unless prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you forget to use your Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment, use it as soon as you remember. Then go on as before.
  • Wash your hands well after using Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment.

What are the possible side effects of Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment?

The most common side effects are:

Other less common side effects with Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment include:

  • redness of the skin
  •  inflamed hair pores (folliculitis)
  • psoriasis
  • skin irritation
  • change of skin color (at the site of application)
  • thinning of the skin (atrophy)
  • swollen fine blood vessels (this makes your skin appear red at the site of application)

Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment may cause serious side effects if you use too much or use it for too long. Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment can pass through your skin. Serious side effects may include:

Your doctor may do special blood and urine tests to check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment.

Call your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all of the side effects with Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I store Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment?

  • Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment should be stored between 68-77°F (20-25°C); excursions permitted between 59-86°F (15-30°C). Make sure the cap on the tube is tightly closed.
  • Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment has an expiry date marked on the tube. Do not use the ointment after this date.
  • Keep Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment out of the reach of children and pets.

General information about Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ointment to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

  • This leaflet summarizes the most important information about Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment that is written for health professionals.
  • Additional consumer information is available on (800) 521-8813.

What are the ingredients in Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Ointment?

Active ingredients: calcipotriene hydrate, betamethasone dipropionate

Inactive ingredients: mineral oil, PPG-15 stearyl ether, dl-alpha tocopherol, white petrolatum.

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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