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All about: Taclonex

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Generic Name: Betamethasone/Calcipotriene (bay-ta-METH-a-sone/kal-si-POE-try-een)
Brand Name: Taclonex

Taclonex is used for:

Treating a certain type of psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Taclonex is a combination topical corticosteroid and an agent that is similar to vitamin D. Exactly how it works to treat psoriasis is unknown.

Do NOT use Taclonex if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Taclonex
  • you have a known or suspected calcium metabolism disorder, high levels of calcium or vitamin D in the blood, or high levels of calcium in the urine
  • you have certain other types of psoriasis (erythrodermic, exfoliative, pustular)
  • you have a viral infection; thin skin; or a bacterial, fungal, viral, or tuberculosis (TB) skin infection

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Taclonex :

Some medical conditions may interact with Taclonex . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver or kidney problems or kidney stones
  • if you have any cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; have an infection; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
  • if you are taking prednisone or a similar medicine or you are having any kind of phototherapy treatment for psoriasis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Taclonex . Because little, if any, of Taclonex is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Taclonex may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Taclonex :

Use Taclonex as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Taclonex . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Wash your hands before and after using Taclonex , unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Taclonex , apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Taclonex .

Important safety information:

  • Taclonex is for external use only. Do not get Taclonex in the eyes, nose, mouth, or groin. If you get Taclonex in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 4 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not apply Taclonex over large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use Taclonex on the face, under your arms, or on your groin.
  • Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while using Taclonex .
  • Do not use Taclonex for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Taclonex may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Taclonex . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Taclonex has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Taclonex should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Taclonex .
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Taclonex while you are pregnant. It is not known if Taclonex is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Taclonex , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Taclonex :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dry skin; headache; itching; mild burning at the application site; throat irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, redness, or peeling skin not present before you began using Taclonex ; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Taclonex :

Store Taclonex at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Taclonex out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Taclonex , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Taclonex is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Taclonex . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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