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TACLONEX ointment is a topical medication that combines the active ingredients betamethasone and calcipotriene. TACLONEX ointment is prescribed to treat plaque psoriasis in people who are 12 years of age or older.
Plaque psoriasis is a dermatological condition where the skin becomes inflamed and forms circumscribed, erythematous papules that are covered with layers of silvery, shedding skin. Plaque psoriasis occurs because of abnormal immune stimulation and often has environmental triggers like alcohol, emotional stress, medications, sunburn, or certain cleaning products. Genetic factors and family history play on large role in the development of the disease.
Plaque psoriasis lesions may or may not be pruritic and are most often located on the buttocks, elbows and knees, genitals, sacrum, and scalp.
Apply a thin layer of TACLONEX ointment to the affected area once daily for up to 4 weeks or longer as directed by your physician. Wash hands after applying TACLONEX ointment. Do not cover TACLONEX ointment with dressings unless directed by a physician. Intended for external use only.
TACLONEX ointment contains the active ingredients calcipotriene hydrate and betamethasone dipropionate. Inactive ingredients include alpha-tocopherol, mineral oil, petrolatum, PPG-11 stearyl ether, and butylated hydroxytoluene.
Betamethasone is a topical corticosteroid that works by modulating cells of the immune system and preventing inflammation and proinflammatory responses present in plaque psoriasis.
Calcipotriene is a vitamin D analog that binds to vitamin D receptors on the surface of skin cells. Activating this receptor prevents the growth of psoriatic skin tissue.
You may have an increased sensitivity to the sun and ultraviolet light while using TACLONEX ointment. Avoid sources of artificial UV light like tanning booths and sun lamps. Wear sunscreen when outside.
If you develop skin irritation while using TACLONEX ointment, discontinue the medication and let your physician know.
Some people develop hypercalcemia, or abnormally high levels of calcium while using TACLONEX ointment. People at risk of calcium imbalance should use caution before starting this product.
Physicians should use caution when prescribing to patients with endocrine disorders.
Common side effects may include:
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