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OverviewAbout calcipotriolKey facts of calcipotriolWho is calcipotriol not suitable for?How and where to get calcipotriol ointment?Dosage and strength for calcipotriol for psoriasisInformation about how to use calcipotriol for psoriasisWhat happens if you use too much calcipotriol?What are the side effects of calcipotriol?Information about using calcipotriol at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsCan calcipotriol used for psoriasis be used long term?Is there a herbal calcipotriol?Can women use calcipotriol?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when using calcipotriol?What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with psoriasis?Alternatives to calcipotriolSourcesPeople also asked
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About calcipotriol

Calcipotriol, (a synthetic derivative of vitamin D) is used for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis is caused by the overproduction of skin cells which form dry scaly patches, that can become irritated and itchy. Calcipotriol helps the skin to return back to normal skin growth, reducing skin irritation and providing relief.

Calcipotriol is also available in combination with a steroid called betamethasone dipropionate, as an ointment, gel or a foam. Brand names include Dovobet or Enstilar.

Now Patient offers calcipotriol ointment or Dovonex ointment as treatments for psoriasis only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of calcipotriol

  • For the treatment of psoriasis
  • Calcipotriol can take up to 2 weeks to show an effect on the skin
  • Calcipotriol has some common side effects which include dermatitis
  • It can be dangerous if you use calcipotriol with certain medications such as calcium supplements. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician
  • Calcipotriol does not contain a corticosteroid

Who is calcipotriol not suitable for?

Calcipotriol may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before using if you:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to calcipotriol in the past, or any of the inactive ingredients such as liquid paraffin, propylene glycol, macrogol (2) stearyl ether, or white soft paraffin
  • Have liver or kidney problems
  • Are having ultraviolet light treatment for a skin condition
  • Are suffering from guttate, exfoliative, erythrodermic or pustular psoriasis

How and where to get calcipotriol ointment?

Calcipotriol is available with a prescription only. It is not available over the counter at a pharmacy.

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy calcipotriol ointment directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of psoriasis, you can discuss if calcipotriol is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for calcipotriol for psoriasis

Calcipotriol is available as a 50 micrograms per gram ointment when used for psoriasis. It is also available as a scalp solution, which is used for the treatment of scalp psoriasis.

Information about how to use calcipotriol for psoriasis

Wash your hands before applying calcipotriol. If you have particularly dry skin, apply a moisturiser before using calcipotriol. Apply a thin layer of calcipotriol once or twice per day to the affected area of skin.

Avoid excessive exposure to artificial sunlight when using calcipotriol as the treated areas may receive too much vitamin D, making your symptoms worse. Also, read the patient information leaflet provided with your calcipotriol, or speak to a healthcare professional for further medical advice.

What happens if you use too much calcipotriol?

If you use more than the recommended dose, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much calcipotriol and you experience any of the following side effects.

What are the side effects of calcipotriol?

Side effects of calcipotriol are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Worsening of your psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Redness
  • Burning feeling
  • Itchy rash, pain and skin inflammation

Serious side effects include:

  • Hypercalcemia (increased blood calcium levels) – decreased appetite, increased thirst, serious pain in your muscles or stomach, metallic taste, nausea, and constipation

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using calcipotriol at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and calcipotriol. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can calcipotriol used for psoriasis be used long term?

Calcipotriol may take up to 2 weeks to have an effect on your skin. Speak to your doctor if you do not see any improvements after 2 weeks.

Is there a herbal calcipotriol?

No. Herbal calcipotriol does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use calcipotriol?

Women can use calcipotriol for the treatment of psoriasis, and it is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. You are however, advised not to use on breast skin as it could affect breast milk.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when using calcipotriol?

You can eat and drink normally when using calcipotriol.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with psoriasis?

Modify your lifestyle in a number of ways. This may have a positive impact on your psoriasis.

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce illnesses, especially strep infections
  • Avoid skin injury
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid certain foods
  • Use moisturisers and emollients to prevent flare-ups
  • Take antihistamines to ease the itching

Alternatives to calcipotriol

Alternatives for the treatment of psoriasis include Dovonex, Dermovate and Fucibet. If you are suffering from scalp psoriasis, treatments include Betacap and Diprosalic scalp application.

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