Calcipotriene Cream

Generic Name:Calcipotriene
Brand Name(s):Dovonex

Calcipotriene is a skin care treatment, which is used on the scalp to treat a skin ailment called Plaque psoriasis. Calcipotriene is a prescribed drug that comes in the form of cream, foam, solution, and other ointments. The medication is applied to the affected area twice daily, and you should wash your hands after applying it unless this is the area being treated. The prescribed drug Calcipotriene comes in two different forms: cream and liquid. The cream form is approved to treat plaque psoriasis, and the liquid form is approved to treat chronic, moderately severe psoriasis of the scalp. This medicine is used to treat plaque psoriasis in adults and should not be applied on the face. It is a synthetic form of vitamin D, but how it works is not clear until date. Calcipotriene skin cream is not approved for children. It is better to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Calcipotriene skin cream in children.

The healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than treating psoriasis also. At this time, calcipotriene is sometimes used for other reasons to treat vitiligo, a skin condition involving patchy loss of pigment.

How to Use

The foam, cream, and solution (liquid) forms of Calcipotriene are applied to the affected areas twice daily. The ointment form is used once or twice daily. The solution form is typically used on the scalp. Make sure to keep Calcipotriene skin cream away from the eyes, especially when using the liquid form, which can drip. Rub the skin care cream smoothly and completely. Use only a small amount, and apply it only on the scratches. Calcipotriene has the active ingredient of Dovonex and Sorilux in it. It is also suggested to avoid excessive sun exposure on areas of the body where Calcipotriene skin cream has been applied.

Cautions before using

The cautions that are applied with Calcipotriene skin cream are as follows:

  • Calcipotriene may increase the level of calcium in the blood. Overuse of this medication may cause dangerous hypercalcemia.
  • This medicine should not be applied to the face. Wash your hands after applying it unless you are using your hands and make sure to keep it out of the eyes.
  • It has been found in studies that Calcipotriene is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it might not be safe during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before using this skin care product.

Calcipotriene Side Effects

Even if most people have no problems with Calcipotriene skin cream, but side effects are possible. Signs of a potentially serious reaction, however, include nausea, difficulty breathing, confusion, and lethargy. Such side effects should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. More to mention are

  • Constipation
  • Kidney Stones
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent Urination

Reactions and Overdose

If you take vitamin D supplements or calcium, then it may interact with calcipotriene. It is also found that combining lithium and Calcipotriene, could cause high levels of calcium in the blood. To avoid problems, tell your healthcare provider about all medications including nonprescription and supplements you are taking.


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