Calcipotriene is available as an ointment, cream, and solution. Calcipotriene, available by prescription, may be used 2 times a day
for 6 to 8 weeks or longer. It may also be used in combination with
ultraviolet B (UVB) light.
How It Works
Calcipotriene, which is a form of vitamin D, controls the rapid
growth of skin cells.
Why It Is Used
Calcipotriene is used to treat mild to severe plaque forms of
psoriasis. It is used on the scalp and skin.
How Well It Works
Calcipotriene, also known as calcipotriol, is considered an
effective treatment for psoriasis.1
These products are usually as effective as corticosteroid creams
If you use calcipotriene as your doctor tells you to, it is not
likely to cause any side effects except for some skin irritation, such as
itchy, red, or tender skin. But if you spread the ointment over too much of
your body, a large amount of ointment may be absorbed and can cause serious
side effects, including high levels of calcium in the blood and
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Calcipotriene is not the same type of vitamin D found in
over-the-counter products. These products will not help your psoriasis.
Diets that include large amounts of vitamin D are not effective in
Naldi L, Rzany B (2009). Psoriasis (chronic plaque),
search date August 2007. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
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