Precautions and Warnings With Calcitriol Ointment
Some people may not be able to use calcitriol ointment if they have certain allergies or high blood calcium levels. Other safety precautions for calcitriol ointment include warnings of potential drug interactions and an increased risk for dangerously high calcium levels in the blood. In addition, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be able to use this skin ointment.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using calcitriol ointment (Vectical®) 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
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
- Calcitriol ointment may increase the level of calcium in the blood. It is possible that overuse of this medicine may cause dangerously high calcium levels (hypercalcemia). Let your healthcare provider know if you develop any signs or symptoms of hypercalcemia, such as:
- Avoid exposing any treated area of the body to excessive sunlight, including artificial sunlight like sun lamps or tanning booths.
- Calcitriol ointment may react with a few medications (see Drug Interactions With Calcitriol Ointment).
- Calcitriol ointment is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it might not be safe during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before using this ointment (see Vectical and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if this medicine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Vectical and Breastfeeding).