Calcipotriene for Psoriasis
Calcipotriene is a medication applied to the skin for the treatment of psoriasis. It is available by prescription only.
Calcipotriene is categorized as a synthetic vitamin D3 derivative, a type of medication that is frequently prescribed for psoriasis.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin for the regulation of skin growth. It regulates the pace of new skin cell development and shedding of older skin cells. Calcipotriene treats psoriasis by mimicking the action of vitamin D to help slow down the excessive production of skin cells. The slower growth of skin cells results in fewer psoriasis plaques or “scales.”
Calcipotriene is available in several branded formulations including Dovonex® Cream and Sorilux® Foam. There are also formulations that combine calcipotriene with other psoriasis medications, such as topical corticosteroids (Taclonex®).
Clinical Uses of Calcipotriene
Calcipotriene is often prescribed to people who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate cases of plaque psoriasis.
When applied to the skin, calcipotriene can help reduce the pain, itching and cracking associated with psoriasis.
Use calcipotriene exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it, or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
A thin layer of calcipotriene is usually applied to the skin once or twice daily, and gently rubbed in. Dosage and frequency of treatment will be determined by your doctor.
Calcipotriene Side Effects
Read the Medication Guide that you receive with the medication for a complete list of possible side effects. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about possible side effects that you may be experiencing.