This product contains 2 drugs (betamethasone and calcipotriene) and is used to treat psoriasis of the scalp. Some brands of this medication are also used to treat psoriasis on the body. Betamethasone is a very strong corticosteroid drug that helps decrease the swelling, redness, and itching of the skin that occurs with this condition. Calcipotriene, which is also known as calcipotriol in other countries, is a form of vitamin D. It works by slowing down the growth of skin cells so that they do not build up into thickened, scaly skin patches.
This medication should not be used if you have certain types of psoriasis (skin patches with pus-filled blisters, psoriasis with intense redness/shedding/oozing). Consult your doctor for more information.
This product is not recommended for use in children because they may be at an increased risk for side effects. See also Side Effects and Precautions sections.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this product and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is for use on the scalp. Do not apply this product 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments to your hair. Shake the bottle well before use. Part your hair, apply the product only to the affected area(s) of the scalp, and gently rub in, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands after using, but do not wash your hair right after applying this product. Avoid getting any medication in the eyes or ears. If this occurs, immediately rinse with plenty of water. Do not apply this product to the face, underarms, or groin area.
If your doctor has directed you to use this product on your body, follow your doctor's directions for how much to use and where to use it. Apply to affected areas and gently rub in. Wash your hands after using.
Do not use this medication more often or for longer than directed. Do not use more than 100 grams of this product a week unless directed and closely monitored by your doctor. Do not bandage, wrap, or cover the treated area unless your doctor instructs you to do so. Do not use this product on large areas of damaged skin. Following these instructions helps to reduce your risk of side effects.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens. It may take up to 2 weeks to see any improvement.
Itching, burning, redness, or irritation of the skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: skin thinning/discoloration/"stretch marks", swelling/inflammation of the hair pores (folliculitis), worsening of psoriasis.
This medication may infrequently cause an increase in the level of calcium in your blood or urine. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects: mental/mood changes, unexplained constipation, pink/bloody urine, painful urination.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to betamethasone or calcipotriene; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: a certain mineral imbalance (high calcium levels in the blood or urine), thin skin in the area to be treated, liver disease.
If you have a skin infection (such as chickenpox, herpes simplex) or a skin problem other than psoriasis, it should be treated before you start this medication. Betamethasone and other corticosteroid drugs can slow down your body's response to antibiotic drugs and make it more difficult to clear an infection.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Your doctor may direct you to limit or avoid phototherapy while you use this product. Discuss this further with your doctor.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
Though it is unlikely, this medication may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as adrenal gland function tests) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects, especially if you use this drug for an extended period of time or apply it over large areas of the body. Consult your doctor for more details.
Try to identify and reduce the triggers that may worsen your psoriasis (such as stress, skin injury, smoking). Discuss with your doctor additional ways to control symptoms.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature and do not refrigerate. Keep the bottle in the outer carton when not in use. Discard any unused product 6 months after the bottle has been opened. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Information last revised December 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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