Taclonex® Topical Suspension is a prescription medicine that is for topical use only. Taclonex® Topical Suspension is used to treat plaque psoriasis on the scalp in adolescents ages 12 to 17, and on the body and scalp in people ages 18 and above. It is not known if Taclonex® Topical Suspension is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
Frequently asked questions about Taclonex® (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) Topical Suspension 0.005%/0.064%.
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What is Taclonex® Topical Suspension?
What should I tell my doctor before using
Taclonex® Topical Suspension?
Before you use Taclonex® Topical Suspension, tell your doctor if you:
- Have a skin infection on the area affected by psoriasis. Your skin infection should be treated before you start using Taclonex® Topical Suspension
- Have a calcium metabolism disorder
Have one of the following types of psoriasis:
- — erythrodermic psoriasis
- — exfoliative psoriasis
- — pustular psoriasis
- Have thinning skin (atrophy) at the site to be treated
- Are getting light therapy (phototherapy treatments) for your psoriasis
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Taclonex® Topical Suspension will harm your unborn baby
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Taclonex® Topical Suspension passes into your breast milk. You should not use Taclonex® Topical Suspension on your breast if you breastfeed
Should I tell my doctor about all the medicines that I take,
including prescription and nonprescription medicines,
vitamins, and herbal supplements?
Especially tell your doctor if you use:
- Other corticosteroid medicines
- Other medicines for your psoriasis
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I use Taclonex® Topical Suspension?
- Use Taclonex® Topical Suspension exactly as your doctor tells you to use it
- Your doctor should tell you how much Taclonex® Topical Suspension to use and where to use it
- Do not use more than the maximum recommended weekly amount of medicines containing calcipotriene (one of the active ingredients of Taclonex® Topical Suspension): 60 g per week in adolescents ages 12 to 17, and 100 g per week in adults ages 18 and older
- Apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension to affected areas on the skin 1 time a day for up to 8 weeks. Treatment may be discontinued earlier if your condition clears
- Shake the Taclonex® Topical Suspension bottle before you use it
- Do not apply Taclonex® Topical Suspension to the scalp in the 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments to your hair. Since hair treatments may involve strong chemicals, talk with your doctor first
- If you accidentally get Taclonex® Topical Suspension on your face or in your eyes, wash the area with water right away
- Wash your hands after using Taclonex® Topical Suspension
- Do not wash your hair or take a bath or shower right after applying Taclonex® Topical Suspension, as the medicine will not work as well to treat your psoriasis
- Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area
What should I avoid while using
Taclonex® Topical Suspension?
Avoid spending a long time in sunlight. Avoid tanning booths and sun lamps. Use sunscreen and wear a hat and clothes that cover the treated areas if you have to be in the sunlight. Talk to your doctor if you get a sunburn.
What are the possible side effects
of Taclonex® Topical Suspension?
Taclonex® Topical Suspension may cause serious side effects, including:
- Too much calcium in your blood or urine
- Adrenal gland problems
Your doctor may do blood and urine tests to check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex® Topical Suspension.
Skin problems such as:
- — thinning of your skin
- — burning
- — inflammation
- — itching
- — irritation
- — dryness
- — changes in skin color
- — redness
- — infection
- — raised bumps on your skin
- Eye irritation if you accidentally get Taclonex® Topical Suspension in your eyes.
The most common side effects of Taclonex® Topical Suspension are inflamed hair pores (folliculitis) and burning of the skin. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of Taclonex® Topical Suspension. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store Taclonex® Topical Suspension?
- Store Taclonex® Topical Suspension between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C)
- Do not refrigerate Taclonex® Topical Suspension
- Keep the bottle in the outer carton when not in use
- Use Taclonex® Topical Suspension within six months after it has been opened