Calcipotriene/Betamethasone Dipropionate Information
If you have been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate (Taclonex®). This psoriasis medication is applied once a day and comes in the form of an ointment and a scalp suspension (liquid). It contains two active ingredients: calcipotriene (an artificial form of vitamin D) and betamethasone (a topical steroid).
It's important to review the drug's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate has the potential to cause side effects such as itching, a burning sensation, and headache, among others.
Although quite effective, this medication cannot be used on a long-term basis, due to the risk of serious side effects. The ointment should be used for no more than four weeks, and the scalp suspension should be used for no more than eight weeks.
(Click Calcipotriene/Betamethasone Dipropionate for more information. This article gives a complete overview of the drug, covering topics such as dosing guidelines, how it works, and more.)