Sorilux foam

Generic Name: calcipotriene (KAL-si-poe-TRYE-een)
Brand Name: Sorilux

Sorilux foam is used for:

Treating plaque psoriasis.

Sorilux foam is a vitamin D3 analog. Exactly how it works to treat psoriasis is not known.

Do NOT use Sorilux foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Sorilux foam
  • you have high blood levels of vitamin D or high calcium levels in your blood or urine

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

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Before using Sorilux foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with Sorilux foam. 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 kidney stones
  • if you have any other type of psoriasis (eg, erythrodermic, exfoliative, pustular)
  • if you are or will be receiving any type of light therapy (eg, ultraviolet light therapy)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Sorilux foam. However, no specific interactions with Sorilux foam are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Sorilux foam 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 Sorilux foam:

Use Sorilux foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Sorilux foam. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Before the first use of a new can, break the tiny plastic piece on the nozzle by gently pushing back (away from the plastic piece) on the nozzle.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • If you are applying Sorilux foam to the scalp, apply it when the hair is dry. Part your hair at the affected area to be sure that the medicine is applied to the skin instead of the hair.
  • To use Sorilux foam, turn the can upside down and press the nozzle. Dispense a small amount of medicine into the palm of your hand.
  • Apply a thin layer of Sorilux foam to the affected area. Rub in Sorilux foam gently and completely. Do not get it on your face or in your eyes.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Sorilux foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Sorilux foam, use 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 use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Sorilux foam.

Important safety information:

  • Several weeks may pass before your symptoms improve. Do not stop using Sorilux foam without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 8 weeks or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Sorilux foam is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not get it in your vagina. If you get Sorilux foam in any of these areas, rinse immediately with cool tap water.
  • Sorilux foam may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Sorilux foam is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Sorilux foam may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Sorilux foam. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Sorilux foam should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Sorilux foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Sorilux foam is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Sorilux foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Sorilux foam:

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 itching, irritation, or redness.

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); severe or persistent itching, irritation, or redness; symptoms of high blood calcium levels (eg, change in the amount of urine produced; constipation; increased thirst; irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes; muscle aches or weakness; nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite).

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. Symptoms may include confusion; constipation; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting. Sorilux foam may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Sorilux foam:

Store Sorilux foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Keep Sorilux foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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