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Side Effects of Calcipotriene

Although most people have no problems with calcipotriene, side effects are possible. Commonly reported ones include stinging and burning sensations at the application site. If such problems occur, they are generally mild and easily treated. Signs of a potentially serious reaction, however, include nausea, difficulty breathing, confusion, and lethargy. Such side effects should be reported to your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Calcipotriene Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with calcipotriene (Dovonex®, Sorilux®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible calcipotriene side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Side Effects of Calcipotriene to Report

Potentially serious calcipotriene side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately include:
  • Symptoms of high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), such as:
    • Constipation, nausea, or vomiting
    • Muscle aches or weakness
    • Kidney stones
    • Pain in the abdomen (stomach) or on the side
    • Confusion or lethargy
    • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

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