Generic name: Calcipotriene hydrate, Betamethasone dipropionateBrand names: Taclonex
Taclonex ointment is used on the skin to treat psoriasis in adults. It contains a strong corticosteroid (betamethasone) and a drug that is somewhat similar to vitamin D (calcipotriene hydrate).
Taclonex can pass through your skin and possibly cause serious side effects if you use too much or use it for too long. Serious side effects may include adrenal gland problems or having too much calcium in your blood. The doctor may order special blood and urine tests to check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex.
For ease of use, it's recommended that you apply Taclonex at night right before going to bed. Gently rub the ointment into your affected skin areas, and wash your hands when you're done. Do not bandage or tightly cover or wrap the treated skin. Wear your usual clothes.
Applying Taclonex to more than 30 percent of your body's skin is not recommended.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Taclonex.
Do not use Taclonex if you have a calcium metabolism disorder, or if you have erythrodermic psoriasis, exfoliative psoriasis, or pustular psoriasis. Also, you should not use Taclonex if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Do not apply Taclonex to your face, eyes, groin, or arm pit region. Also, do no apply Taclonex to areas where the skin appears to be thinning or peeling (skin atrophy).
Avoid exposing the treated areas of your body to excessive sunlight and artificial light such as tanning beds.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Taclonex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a skin infection or are receiving phototherapy for your psoriasis.
When Taclonex is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either drug could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Taclonex with other psoriasis drugs or other corticosteroid medications.
The effects of using Taclonex during pregnancy or breastfeeding are not known. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
ADULTS 18 YEARS AND OLDER
Apply Taclonex ointment once a day to the areas of your skin affected by psoriasis. This medication is recommended for up to 4 weeks of treatment. Do not use it for more than 4 weeks unless prescribed by your doctor.
Taclonex is available in 15-gram and 30-gram tubes. Your weekly dosage should not exceed 100 grams.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.