Betamethasone/ calcipotriene suspension

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

Betamethasone/ calcipotriene suspension is used for:

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

Betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension is a combination of a topical corticosteroid and an agent that is similar to vitamin D. Exactly how it works to treat psoriasis is not known.

Do NOT use betamethasone/ calcipotriene suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension
  • you have high levels of calcium in the blood or urine
  • you have a skin infection on 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 suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension. 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 or thinning 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 suspension. Because little, if any, of betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension 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 suspension:

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

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Wash your hands before and after using betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area and gently rub it in.
  • If you are using betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension on your scalp, it may help to part your hair before applying betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not wash your hair or take a bath or shower right after you apply betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension.
  • Do not apply betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension to the scalp within 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments to your hair. Talk with your doctor first before using betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension on the scalp if you have had a hair treatment.
  • If you miss a dose of betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension, 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 suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension is for external use only. Do not get betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension in the eyes, nose, vagina, or mouth. If you get betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension in any of these areas or on your face, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Do not use betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension on the face, under your arms, or on your groin.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 8 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not apply betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension over large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension. Use a sunscreen or wear a hat if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while using betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not use betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension 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 suspension. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension while you are pregnant. It is not known if betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension, check with your doctor. Do not apply betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension on the breast if you breast-feed. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of betamethasone/ calcipotriene suspension:

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; change in the amount of urine produced; confusion; constipation; eye irritation; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes; 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 suspension; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; 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 suspension:

Store betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Do not refrigerate. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep the bottle in the outer carton when not in use. Use within 6 months after opening. Keep betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension 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 suspension 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 suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension. 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 betamethasone/calcipotriene suspension.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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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