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Brand Names: Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux

Generic Name: calcipotriene topical (Pronunciation: cal sih poh TRY een)

What is calcipotriene topical (Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux)?

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 are the possible side effects of calcipotriene topical (Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux)?

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.

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

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.

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.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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