Taclonex Scalp topical
Name: Taclonex Scalp topical
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Taclonex Scalp (betamethasone and calcipotriene topical)?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to betamethasone or calcipotriene.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia);
a history of kidney stones;
liver or kidney disease;
severe forms of psoriasis (with pus, skin peeling, severe redness);
a skin infection; or
if you are receiving UV light treatments (phototherapy).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether betamethasone and calcipotriene topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not apply this medicine to your breasts if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medicine on a child without a doctor's advice. Children can absorb larger amounts of steroid medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects. Steroid medicine can also affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.
Betamethasone and calcipotriene topical is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.
How should I use Taclonex Scalp (betamethasone and calcipotriene topical)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Do not use betamethasone and calcipotriene topical to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. Do not use in the vagina.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine, unless you are using the medicine to treat the skin on your hands.
Shake the suspension (liquid) or foam just before using it.
Apply this medicine once daily to the affected skin and rub it in gently. Do not spread the medicine over a large skin area. Do not apply to areas of thinner skin (face, underarms, groin) unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not cover the treated skin area. Covering skin treated with a topical steroid can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects.
If you use betamethasone and calcipotriene foam: Do not use more than 60 grams (1 full can) in 4 days.
If you use betamethasone and calcipotriene liquid:
Adults should not use more than 100 grams (1 full bottle) of the liquid in 1 week.
Children age 12 and older should not use more than 60 grams of the liquid in 1 week.
If you use betamethasone and calcipotriene ointment: Do not use more than 100 grams (1 large tube) of the ointment in 1 week. Avoid treating an area that is larger than 30% or one-third of your entire body.
Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about how much to apply each time you use the medicine.
Betamethasone and calcipotriene ointment or foam can be applied daily for up to 4 weeks. The liquid can be used daily for up to 8 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions about your individual treatment schedule.
Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve after several days of treatment, or if it gets worse while using this medicine.
If you use betamethasone and calcipotriene long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly closed when not in use.
Stop using the medicine when your skin clears up, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Betamethasone and calcipotriene foam is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the medicine has completely dried on your skin.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What other drugs will affect Taclonex Scalp (betamethasone and calcipotriene topical)?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
any other steroid medicines; or
other medicines to treat psoriasis.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with betamethasone and calcipotriene, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.