Taclonex Scalp

PATIENT INFORMATION

Taclonex®
(TAK-lo-NEKS)
(calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Topical Suspension, 0.005%/0.064%

Read the Patient Information that comes with Taclonex® Topical Suspension before you start using it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.

Important: Taclonex® Topical Suspension is for use on skin only (topical). Do not get Taclonex® Topical Suspension near or in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

Another product, Taclonex® Ointment contains the same medicine that is in Taclonex® Topical Suspension and is used to treat psoriasis vulgaris of the skin. If you use both medicines to treat your psoriasis vulgaris, be sure to follow your doctor's directions so that you do not use too much of one or both of these medicines.

What is Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

Taclonex® Topical Suspension is a prescription medicine that is for topical use only. Taclonex® Topical Suspension is used to treat psoriasis vulgaris in people 18 years of age and older.

It is not known if Taclonex® Topical Suspension is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

What should I tell my doctor before using Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

Before you use Taclonex® Topical Suspension, tell your doctor if you:

  • have a skin infection on the area affected by psoriasis. Your skin infection should be treated before you start using Taclonex® Topical Suspension
  • have a calcium metabolism disorder
  • have one of the following types of psoriasis:
  • have thinning-skin (atrophy) at the site to be treated.
  • are getting light therapy (phototherapy treatments) for your psoriasis
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Taclonex® Topical Suspension will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Taclonex® Topical Suspension passes into your breast milk. You should not use Taclonex® Topical suspension on your breast if you breastfeed.

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

Especially tell your doctor if you use:

Know the medicine you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I use Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

  • Use Taclonex® Topical Suspension exactly as your doctor tells you to use it.
  • Your doctor should tell you how much Taclonex® Topical Suspension to use and where to use it.
  • Do not use more than the maximum recommended weekly amount of 100 grams of medicines containing calcipotriene (one of the active ingredients of Taclonex® Topical Suspension).
  • Apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension to affected areas on the skin 1 time a day for up to 8 weeks. Treatment may be discontinued earlier if cleared.
  • Shake the Taclonex® Topical Suspension bottle before you use it.
  • Do not apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension to the scalp in the 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments to your hair. Since hair treatments may involve strong chemicals, talk with your doctor first.
  • If you accidentally get Taclonex® Topical Suspension on your face or in your eyes wash the area with water right away.
  • Wash your hands after using Taclonex® Topical Suspension.
  • Do not wash your hair or take a bath or shower right after applying Taclonex® Topical Suspension as the medicine will not work as well to treat your psoriasis.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area.

What should I avoid while using Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

Avoid spending a long time in sunlight. Avoid tanning booths and sun lamps. Use sunscreen and wear a hat and clothes that cover treated areas if you have to be in the sunlight. Talk to your doctor if you get a sunburn.

What are the possible side effects of Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

Taclonex® Topical Suspension may cause serious side effects, including:

  • too much calcium in your blood or urine
  • adrenal gland problems

Your doctor may do blood and urine tests to check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

  • skin problems such as:
    • thinning of your skin
    • burning
    • inflammation
    • itching
    • irritation
    • dryness
    • changes in skin color
    • redness
    • infection
    • raised bumps on your skin
  • eye irritation if you accidently get Taclonex® Topical Suspension in your eyes.

The most common side effects of Taclonex® Topical Suspension are inflamed hair pores (folliculitis) and skin burning.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of Taclonex® Topical Suspension. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

  • Store Taclonex® Topical Suspension between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Do not refrigerate Taclonex® Topical Suspension.
  • Keep the bottle in the outer carton when not in use.

Use Taclonex® Topical Suspension within six months after it has been opened

Keep Taclonex® Topical Suspension and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Taclonex® Topical Suspension for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Taclonex® Topical Suspension 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® Topical Suspension. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about Taclonex® Topical Suspension that is written for health professionals.

For more information, go to www.taclonex.com or call 1-877-494-4536.

What are the ingredients in Taclonex® Topical Suspension?

Active ingredients: calcipotriene hydrate and betamethasone dipropionate.

Inactive ingredients: hydrogenated castor oil, PPG-11 stearyl ether, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, butylhydroxytoluene, and mineral oil.

Instructions for Use

Taclonex
(TAK-lo-NEKS) (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Topical Suspension, 0.005%/0.064%

Important: For skin use only. Do not get Taclonex® Topical Suspension near or in your mouth, eyes or vagina. Read these Instructions for Use before you start using Taclonex® Topical Suspension and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.

How to apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension to your body:

Follow your doctor's instructions of how much Taclonex® Topical Suspension to use and where to use it. Apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension directly to areas affected by psoriasis and gently rub in. Wash your hands after applying Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

How to apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension to your scalp:

  • You do not need to wash your hair before you apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

Shake bottle before use. Remove the cap.

Shake bottle before use - Illustration

It may help to part your hair before you use Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

Part your hair before you use Taclonex - Illustration

Apply a drop of Taclonex® Topical Suspension to your fingertip.

Apply a drop of Taclonex - Illustration

Apply directly to scalp areas affected by psoriasis and gently rub in Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

Apply directly to scalp - Illustration

Do not wash your hair right after you apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

Wash your hands after applying Taclonex® Topical Suspension.

This Patient Information and Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Last reviewed on RxList: 8/11/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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