What Is Calcitriol Ointment Used For?
A healthcare provider may prescribe calcitriol ointment to relieve mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis. This medicine contains an active form of vitamin D and is only approved for use in adults. There are some unapproved uses, also known as "off-label" uses, for calcitriol ointment, such as treating vitiligo, wrinkles, and other forms of psoriasis.
An Overview of Uses for Calcitriol OintmentCalcitriol ointment (Vectical®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis in adults. It is not designed for use on the eyes, lips, or face.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. It is thought that psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system (see Psoriasis Causes for more information). There are several different types of psoriasis. The symptoms of psoriasis may vary, depending on the type. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by thickened, swollen, and red skin, often covered with silver scales.
Psoriasis treatment may include:
- Medicines applied to the skin (topical psoriasis treatment)
- Light treatments (phototherapy)
- Psoriasis medication, whether by mouth or injection, which treats the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).
Calcitriol ointment is a topical psoriasis medication.
How Does This Medicine Work?This ointment contains calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D. It is not entirely clear how calcitriol ointment works to treat psoriasis.
Can Children Use It?Calcitriol ointment is not approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using calcitriol ointment in children.
Does Calcitriol Ointment Have Any Off-Label Uses?On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the treatment of plaque psoriasis. At this time, some possible off-label uses of calcitriol ointment include treating the following conditions:
- Other forms of psoriasis
- Vitiligo, a skin condition involving patchy loss of pigment.