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calcitriol (topical) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using calcitriol topical (Vectical)?

You should not use this medication if you have a severe form of psoriasis (with pus, skin peeling, severe redness).

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using calcitriol topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • low or high levels of calcium in your blood;
  • a calcium disorder or metabolic imbalance; or
  • if you are receiving UV light treatments (phototherapy) for your psoriasis.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using calcitriol topical, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known if calcitriol topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medication on anyone younger than 18 years old, even if they have the same symptoms or psoriasis that you have.

How should I use calcitriol topical (Vectical)?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Calcitriol topical is usually applied once in the morning and once in the evening. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.

Apply a thin layer of the medication and rub it in completely.

Calcitriol topical is for use only on areas of psoriasis. Avoid getting it on healthy skin areas.

Calcitriol topical should not be applied to the face or the vaginal area.

Do not cover treated skin areas unless your doctor has told you to.

Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.

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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