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Taclonex Scalp

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/7/2019
Taclonex Scalp Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 01/07/2019

Taclonex Topical Suspension (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) is a combination of a synthetic form of Vitamin D3 and a topical corticosteroid used to treat psoriasis vulgaris. Taclonex Topical Suspension is available in generic form. Common side effects of Taclonex Topical Suspension include:

  • itching
  • burning
  • redness
  • irritation of the skin
  • red or scaly rash
  • swollen hair follicles, or
  • changes in the color of treated skin areas

Apply Taclonex Topical Suspension to affected areas once daily for up to 8 weeks. Do not exceed a maximum weekly dose of 100 g. Taclonex may interact with other steroid medicines, or other medicines to treat psoriasis. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Taclonex should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Taclonex (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Taclonex Scalp Consumer Information

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

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening of your skin condition;
  • redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin;
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • high calcium levels--confusion, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, increased thirst or urination, weight loss;
  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
  • possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin--weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso), slow wound healing, thinning or discolored skin, increased body hair, muscle weakness, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.

Common side effects may include:

  • skin irritation, rash, itching, redness, or hives;
  • redness or crusting around your hair follicles; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Taclonex Scalp (Calcipotriene and Betamethasone Dipropionate Topical Suspension)

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Taclonex Scalp Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directed compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Clinical Trials Conducted In Subjects 18 Years And Older With Scalp Psoriasis

The rates of adverse reactions given below were derived from randomized, multicenter, prospective vehicle- and/or active controlled clinical trials in adult subjects with scalp psoriasis. Subjects applied study product once daily for 8 weeks, and the median weekly dose was 12.6 g.

Adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 1% of subjects treated with Taclonex® Topical Suspension and at a rate higher than in subjects treated with vehicle are presented in Table 1:

Table 1: Number and Percentage with Adverse Reactions in Scalp Psoriasis Trials (Events Reported by ≥ 1% of Subjects and for Which a Relationship is Possible)

  Taclonex® Topical Suspension
N=1,953
Betamethasone dipropionate in vehicle
N=1,214
Calcipotriene in vehicle
N=979
Vehicle
N=173
Event # of subjects (%)
Folliculitis 16 (1%) 12 (1%) 5 (1%) 0 (0%)
Burning sensation of skin 13 (1%) 10 (1%) 29 (3%) 0 (0%)

Other less common adverse reactions ( < 1% but > 0.1%) were, in decreasing order of incidence: acne, exacerbation of psoriasis, eye irritation, and pustular rash.

In a 52-week trial, adverse reactions that were reported by > 1% of subjects treated with Taclonex® Topical Suspension were pruritus (3.6%), psoriasis (2.4%), erythema (2.1%), skin irritation (1.4%), and folliculitis (1.2%).

Clinical Trials Conducted In Subjects 18 Years And Older With Psoriasis On The Body

In randomized, multicenter, prospective vehicle- and/or active controlled clinical trials in adult subjects with plaque psoriasis on non-scalp areas, subjects applied study product once daily for 8 weeks. A total of 824 subjects were treated with Taclonex® Topical Suspension and the median weekly dose was 22.6 g. There were no adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 1% of subjects treated with Taclonex® Topical Suspension and at a rate higher than in subjects treated with vehicle.

Other less common adverse reactions ( < 1% but > 0.1%) were, in decreasing order of incidence: rash and folliculitis.

Clinical Trials Conducted In Subjects 12 To 17 Years With Scalp Psoriasis

In two uncontrolled prospective clinical trials, a total of 109 subjects aged 12-17 years with plaque psoriasis of the scalp were treated with Taclonex® Topical Suspension once daily for up to 8 weeks. The median weekly dose was 40 g. Adverse reactions included acne, acneiform dermatitis and application site pruritus (0.9% each).

Postmarketing Experience

Because adverse reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Postmarketing reports for local adverse reactions to topical corticosteroids may also include: atrophy, striae, telangiectasias, itching, dryness, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, secondary infection, and miliaria.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Taclonex Scalp (Calcipotriene and Betamethasone Dipropionate Topical Suspension)

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