Calcipotriene for Psoriasis
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|Generic Name||Brand Name|
|calcipotriene, also known as calcipotriol||Dovonex, Sorilux|
Calcipotriene is available as a cream, foam, and solution. It may also be used in combination with ultraviolet B (UVB) light.
How It Works Back to top
Calcipotriene, which is a form of vitamin D, controls the rapid growth of skin cells.
Why It Is Used Back to top
Calcipotriene is used to treat mild to severe plaque forms of psoriasis. It is used on the scalp and skin.
How Well It Works Back to top
Calcipotriene, also known as calcipotriol, is considered an effective treatment for psoriasis. 1
These products are usually as effective as corticosteroid creams and ointments. 1
Side Effects Back to top
If you use calcipotriene as your doctor tells you to, it is not likely to cause any side effects except for some skin irritation, such as itchy, red, or tender skin. But if you spread the cream over too much of your body, a large amount of medicine may be absorbed and can cause serious side effects, including high levels of calcium in the blood and kidney stones.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About Back to top
Calcipotriene is not the same type of vitamin D found in over-the-counter products. These products will not help your psoriasis.
Diets that include large amounts of vitamin D are not effective in treating psoriasis.
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Credits Back to top
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology|
|Last Revised||January 9, 2012|
Last Revised: January 9, 2012
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