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Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

Molecule Description

Calcipotriol is a form of synthetic Vitamin D3. It is approved to treat plaque psoriasis when used topically.

Uses of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

  • Mild to moderate plaque psoriasis (causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales.)
  • Scalp psoriasis

Contraindications of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

When should one not use Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

  • Do not take this medicine if:
  • You are allergic to this medicine
  • You have low or high serum calcium levels
  • You have severe liver disease
  • You have severe kidney disease

Side effects of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Severe rash over skin
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Swelling around eyes
  • Increase urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Constipation

Precautions and Warnings of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene


Can I take Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene during pregnancy?
No data available about the effects of this medicine in unborn baby when used during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medicine in pregnancy.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene while breastfeeding?
As this medicine is used for local application, the amount of medicine entering breast milk is less, and the risk of adverse effects in breastfed baby is low. This medicine is used in breastfeeding, only if prescribed by a doctor. Do not apply this medicine to the breast area while on breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene?
Calcipotriol does not affect your ability to drive.


Can I consume alcohol with Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene?
No study found about interactions with alcohol.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are undergoing UV light
  • You have another type of psoriasis such as exfoliative psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, etc

Mode of Action of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

How Does It Work?

Calcipotriol slows down the rate of skin cell growth, flattens psoriasis lesions, and removes scaly skin. A lotion formulation has been developed to use on the scalp.

Interactions of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

Interactions with other medicines

No Data Available

Interactions with food items

As it is applied topically, no food interactions are seen.

Dietary Restrictions of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene

No data available.

Dosage of Calcipotriol / Calcipotriene


Overdose can lead to an increase in the level of serum calcium. Stop applying medicine until serum calcium levels comes to normal.

Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose as early as you remember, take further dosages as per schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my physician before taking Calcipotriol?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. The doctor should also know about other health supplements like herbal medications, nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication.

Q: Can I apply this medicine on the face?

A: No, it cannot be applied on face.

Q: What precautions should I take while using this medicine?

  • Limit your sun exposure when you are using this medicine
  • Do not give Calcipotriol to children under 6 years of age
Last Updated on: 24 Dec 2020 | 01:48 PM (IST)

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