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Drugs reference index «Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension»

Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension

Generic Name: Betamethasone/Calcipotriene (BAY-ta-METH-a-sone/KAL-si-poe-TRYE-een)Brand Name: Taclonex Scalp

Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension is used for:

Treating a certain type of psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) on the scalp. 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 a known or suspected calcium metabolism disorder, high levels of calcium or vitamin D in the blood, or high levels of calcium in the urine
  • you have certain other types of psoriasis (erythrodermic, exfoliative, pustular)
  • you have thin skin or a skin infection on the scalp
  • you have severe kidney or liver disease

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

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 liver or kidney problems or kidney stones
  • if you have diabetes
  • if you have any cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; have an infection; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
  • if you are taking prednisone or a similar medicine, or you are having any kind of 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 on the scalp and gently rub it in.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not wash your hair right after you apply Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension.
  • Do not apply Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension within 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments to your hair.
  • 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, or mouth. If you get Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension in your eyes or on your face, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 8 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension is for use on the scalp only. Do not use Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension on the face, under your arms, or on your groin.
  • 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.
  • 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 calcium level 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. 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, itching, pain, 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; confusion; eye irritation; increased thirst or urination; inflamed hair pores; muscle weakness; persistent headache; severe burning, cracking, irritation, redness, or peeling skin not present before you began using Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness; severe or persistent vomiting; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual or easy bruising; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension:

Store Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not refrigerate. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Use within 3 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.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Betamethasone/Calcipotriene Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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