Taclonex

(calcipotriene / betamethasone)

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Treats plaque psoriasis.

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Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) is effective at treating mild to moderate psoriasis but can cause skin irritation.

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Quick facts about Taclonex
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcipotriene / betamethasone)

Upsides

  • Only apply Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) once a day.
  • Contains both betamethasone and calcipotriene together so you don't have to use two separate products.
  • Betamethasone and calcipotriene together is more effect than one product alone.
  • Is the primary treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis.
  • Ointment form is available as a generic.
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Downsides

  • You will need stronger medication if you have severe psoriasis.
  • May be more expensive than other topical medicines.
  • Can cause you to be senstive to natural and artificial sunlight.
  • Suspension and foam forms of Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) are not available as a generic.
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How it works

Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) is a combination of 2 drugs, calcipotriene (a form of vitamin D) and betamethasone (a corticosteroid). Calcipotriene works by slowing down the growth of skin cells to prevent large skin patches. Betamethasone helps relieve the redness, itching, and swelling associated with psoriasis.

Quick facts about Taclonex
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcipotriene / betamethasone)

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Dosage forms

  • Ointment
  • Suspension
  • Foam
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What to expect when you take Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) for Plaque psoriasis

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  • Itching
  • Skin redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Skin peeling
  • Psoriasis
  • Thinning of the skin
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Side effect rates for Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone)

From 2918 clinical trials of Taclonex when taken for psoriasis
  • Itching
    7%7%
  • Headache
    3%3%
    4%4%
  • Psoriasis
    3%3%
  • Common cold
    2%2%
    3%3%
  • Skin thinning
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Problems with calcium metabolism

    Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) can cause high calcium levels in your blood or urine, especially if you have trouble with how your body processes calcium. Your doctor can do lab tests to check your calcium levels. Calcium levels usually return to normal once you stop using Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone).

Common concerns from people taking Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone)

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Kidneys and liver
  • The adrenal glands are responsible for making your hormones. Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) can affect how well your adrenal glands work. Speak to your doctor about the signs and symptoms of adrenal gland problems. Make sure you use Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) as directed, not for more often or longer than you were told.