Calcitrene

Generic Name: calcipotriene topical (cal sih poh TRY een)
Brand Name: Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux

What is Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical)?

Calcipotriene is a man-made form of vitamin D. It is involved in the growth and development of skin cells.

Calcipotriene topical (for the skin) is used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches).

Calcipotriene topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical)?

You should not use calcipotriene topical if you are allergic to it, or if you have high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia).

Before using calcipotriene topical, tell your doctor if you are receiving phototherapy (light treatments) for your psoriasis.

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Avoid getting this medication on your face or in your eyes, mouth, or vagina. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Do not use calcipotriene topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Do not share this medication with other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical)?

You should not use calcipotriene topical if you are allergic to it, or if you have high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia).

To make sure you can safely take calcipotriene topical, tell your doctor if you are receiving phototherapy (light treatments) for your psoriasis.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether calcipotriene topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether calcipotriene topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not apply calcipotriene topical to your chest area if you are breast-feeding.

Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.

How should I use Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Calcipotriene topical is usually applied once or twice a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not use calcipotriene topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Do not share this medication with other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medication, unless you are using it to treat a hand condition.

Clean and dry the area of skin where you will apply calcipotriene topical. Apply the medication only to the affected area.

Shake the foam (Sorilux) well just before you measure a dose.

It may take up to 2 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 8 weeks of treatment.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not keep in a refrigerator or freezer.

Calcipotriene topical foam and solution are flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the medicine has completely dried on your skin. Keep the medicine canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only your next regularly scheduled dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.

What should I avoid while using Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical)?

Avoid getting this medication on your face or in your eyes, mouth, or vagina. If this does happen, rinse with water. Do not use calcipotriene topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.

Avoid exposing treated skin areas to sunlight or tanning beds. Calcipotriene topical can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing when you are outdoors.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with calcipotriene topical unless your doctor tells you to.

Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical) side effects

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

Stop using calcipotriene topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medication;

  • worsening of your skin condition; or

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle pain or weakness, joint pain, confusion, and feeling tired or restless.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin redness;

  • dry or peeling skin; or

  • mild rash or itching.

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Calcitrene (calcipotriene topical)?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • vitamin or mineral supplements that contain calcium or vitamin D.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with calcipotriene topical. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about calcipotriene topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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