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Common Reactions to Calcipotriene/Betamethasone Dipropionate

Common Side Effects

Calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, during which it was compared to calcipotriene or betamethasone alone, instead of in combination, or a placebo (an ointment or scalp suspension with no active ingredients). In these studies, the possible side effects of calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate were carefully recorded.
In these studies, the most common side effects of calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate ointment included:
  • Itching -- in up to 3.1 percent of people
  • Headache -- up to 2.8 percent
  • Stuffy or runny nose and/or sore throat -- up to 2.3 percent
  • Psoriasis -- up to 1.2 percent
  • Scaly rash -- up to 1.2 percent.
The reported "psoriasis" side effect is somewhat puzzling, since these studies were using calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate to treat psoriasis. It is not clear whether this means a worsening of existing psoriasis or perhaps a change in the type or location of the psoriasis.
For calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate scalp suspension, the most common side effects included:
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis) -- in up to 1 percent of people
  • A burning sensation -- up to 1 percent.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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