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Betamethasone/ calcipotriene ointment

Generic Name: betamethasone and calcipotriene (BAY-ta-METH-a-sone & KAL-si-poe-TRYE-een)
Brand Name: Taclonex

Betamethasone/ calcipotriene ointment is used for:

Treating plaque psoriasis on the body. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment is a combination topical corticosteroid and an agent that is similar to vitamin D. Exactly how it works to treat psoriasis is unknown.

Do NOT use betamethasone/ calcipotriene ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment
  • you have high levels of calcium in the blood or urine
  • you have thin skin or a skin infection at the affected area

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using betamethasone/ calcipotriene ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have certain other types of psoriasis (erythrodermic, exfoliative, pustular)
  • if you have a calcium metabolism disorder, diabetes or high blood sugar, or liver or kidney problems
  • if you have hardening of the skin or any cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, or shingles; have an infection (including skin infections); or have had a positive TB skin test
  • if you have recently had or are scheduled to receive a vaccination
  • if you are taking a corticosteroid (eg, prednisone) or other medicines to treat psoriasis
  • if you are having any kind of light therapy (phototherapy treatment) for psoriasis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. Because little, if any, of betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use betamethasone/ calcipotriene ointment:

Use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Wash your hands before and after using betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment is for external use only. Do not get betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment in the eyes, nose, mouth, or groin. If you get betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than you have been told without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not apply betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment over large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment on the face, under your arms, or on your groin.
  • Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while using betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Lab tests, including blood and urine calcium levels and adrenal gland function, may be performed while you use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of betamethasone/ calcipotriene ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild burning, irritation, itching, or redness at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle pain or weakness; raised red bumps on the skin; severe or persistent burning, cracking, drying, irritation, redness, or peeling skin not present before using betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness; symptoms of high blood calcium levels (eg, bone pain, confusion, constipation, headache, nausea or vomiting, unusual tiredness or weakness); symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased hunger, thirst, or urination; flushing; fast breathing; fruit-like breath odor); thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual or easy bruising; unusual weight gain, especially in the face; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment:

Store betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using betamethasone/calcipotriene ointment.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015
Database Edition 15.2.1.003
Copyright © 2015 Clinical Drug Information, LLC

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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