Available by prescription only, calcitriol ointment is used to treat plaque psoriasis. This ointment contains the active form of vitamin D and can help relieve symptoms of mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis. It is applied to the affected areas of the skin twice daily. Some of the most common side effects include itching and skin discomfort.
Calcitriol ointment (Vectical®) is a prescription medication approved for treating mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis in adults.
(Click What Is Calcitriol Ointment Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any medicine, calcitriol ointment may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects of this medication include skin discomfort and itching.
(Click Calcitriol Ointment Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Talk with your healthcare provider before using calcitriol ointment if you have:
- High blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia)
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Vectical and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Vectical and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Calcitriol Ointment to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)