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What Is Calcipotriene/Betamethasone Dipropionate Used For?

People who have plaque psoriasis may benefit from the use of calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate. This medication contains two active ingredients that work together to treat the symptoms of this condition, such as thickened, swollen, and red skin. Because it hasn't been studied adequately in children, this drug is currently approved for use in adults only.

An Overview of Uses for Calcipotriene/Betamethasone Dipropionate

Calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate (Taclonex®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat psoriasis. The ointment form of this medication is approved to treat plaque psoriasis (presumably of the body), and the liquid (suspension) form is approved to treat plaque psoriasis of the scalp and body. Neither form should be used on the face, underarms, or groin areas.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. It is thought to be 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 treatment)
  • Light treatments (phototherapy)
  • Psoriasis medications, either by mouth or injection, that treat the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).
Calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate is a topical psoriasis medication. Although quite effective, it 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.

Calcipotriene/Betamethasone Dipropionate Information

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