Taclonex Topical Suspension

Generic name: calcipotriene hydrate and betamethasone dipropionate
Dosage form: topical suspension
Drug class: Topical antipsoriatics

Medically reviewed by  A Ras MD.

What is Taclonex Topical Suspension is used for?

Taclonex Topical Suspension is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat plaque psoriasis of the scalp and body in people 12 years and older.

It is not known if Taclonex Topical Suspension is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.

What is the most important information I should know about Taclonex Topical Suspension?

Taclonex Topical Suspension is for use on skin only (topical). Do not get Taclonex Topical Suspension near or in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Taclonex Topical Suspension?

Before you use Taclonex Topical Suspension, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have a calcium metabolism disorder.
  • have thinning skin (atrophy) at the treatment site.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Taclonex Topical Suspension will harm your unborn baby. Taclonex Topical Suspension may increase your chance of having a low birth weight baby. If you use Taclonex Topical Suspension during pregnancy, use Taclonex Topical Suspension on the smallest area of the skin and for the shortest time needed.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Taclonex Topical Suspension passes into your breast milk. Breastfeeding women should use Taclonex Topical Suspension on the smallest area of the skin and for the shortest time needed. Do not apply Taclonex Topical Suspension directly to the nipple and areola to avoid contact with your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use Taclonex Topical Suspension?

See the Instructions for use for detailed information about the right way to use Taclonex Topical Suspension.

  • Use Taclonex Topical Suspension exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • Your healthcare provider should tell you how much Taclonex Topical Suspension to use and where to use it.
  • Apply Taclonex Topical Suspension to affected areas on the scalp and body 1 time a day for up to 8 weeks. You should stop treatment when your plaque psoriasis is under control, unless your healthcare provider gives you other instructions.
  • If you are 12 to 17 years of age, you should not use more than 60 grams of Taclonex Topical Suspension in 1 week.
  • If you are 18 years of age or older, you should not use more than 100 grams of Taclonex Topical Suspension in 1 week.
  • Do not use Taclonex Topical Suspension longer than prescribed. Using too much Taclonex Topical Suspension, or using it too often, or for too long can increase your risk for having serious side effects.
  • 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 healthcare provider first.
  • Do not use Taclonex Topical Suspension in the mouth, eyes, or vagina.
  • Do not use Taclonex Topical Suspension on your face, groin, or armpits, or if you have thinning of your skin (atrophy) at the treatment site.
  • 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 applying Taclonex Topical Suspension.
  • Do not take a bath or shower or wash your hair 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, unless instructed by your healthcare provider.

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. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop or temporarily stop treatment with Taclonex Topical Suspension if you have too much calcium in your blood or urine.
  • Taclonex Topical Suspension can pass through your skin. Too much Taclonex Topical Suspension passing through your skin can cause your adrenal glands to stop working properly. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check for adrenal gland problems.
  • Cushing’s syndrome, a condition that happens when your body is exposed to large amounts of the hormone cortisol.
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia).
  • Skin problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any skin problems, including:
    • thinning of your skin
    • burning
    • inflammation
    • itching
    • irritation
    • dryness
    • changes in skin color
    • redness
    • infection
    • raised bumps on your skin
  • Eye problems. Using Taclonex Topical Suspension may increase your chance of getting cataracts and glaucoma. Do not get Taclonex Topical Suspension in your eyes because it may cause eye irritation. Tell your healthcare provider if you have blurred vision or other vision problems during treatment with Taclonex Topical Suspension.

The most common side effects of Taclonex Topical Suspension include inflamed hair pores (folliculitis) and skin burning.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of Taclonex Topical Suspension

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Taclonex Topical Suspension for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Taclonex Topical Suspension to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Taclonex Topical Suspension that is written for health professionals.

How should I store Taclonex Topical Suspension?

  • Store Taclonex Topical Suspension at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Do not refrigerate Taclonex Topical Suspension.
  • Keep the bottle in the carton when not in use.
  • Throw away (discard) unused Taclonex Topical Suspension 6 months after it has been opened.

Keep Taclonex Topical Suspension and all medicines out of reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Taclonex Topical Suspension?

Active ingredients: calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate.

Inactive ingredients: hydrogenated castor oil, polyoxypropylene stearyl ether, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, butylhydroxytoluene and mineral oil.

For more information, go to www.taclonex.com or call 1-877-494-4536.

Instructions for use for Taclonex Topical Suspension

Taclonex (TAK-lo-NEKS)
(calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate)
Topical Suspension

Important: Taclonex Topical Suspension is for use on skin only (topical). Do not get Taclonex Topical Suspension near or in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

How to apply Taclonex Topical Suspension to your body:

Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions of how much Taclonex Topical Suspension to use and where to use it. Apply Taclonex Topical Suspension directly to areas affected by plaque psoriasis and gently rub in. Wash your hands after applying Taclonex Topical Suspension, unless you are treating areas on your hands.

How to apply Taclonex Topical Suspension to your scalp:

You do not need to wash your hair before you apply Taclonex Topical Suspension.

Step 1: Shake the bottle before use. Remove the cap from the bottle. (See Figure A).

Taclonex Topical Suspension

Step 2: Locate the area to treat using your fingers and part your hair. (See Figure B).

Use your fingers to locate the area to be treated with Taclonex Topical Suspension and part your hair.

Step 3: Squeeze a drop of Taclonex Topical Suspension to your fingertip. (See Figure C).

Squeeze a drop of Taclonex Topical Suspension onto your fingertip.

Step 4: Use your fingers to apply the drop of Taclonex Topical Suspension directly to scalp affected by plaque psoriasis. Gently rub in. (See Figure D).

Use your fingertip to apply the drop of Taclonex Topical Suspension to the affected area of your scalp and gently rub in.

Step 5: After applying Taclonex Topical Suspension, put the cap back on the bottle.

Step 6: Wash your hands after applying Taclonex Topical Suspension. Do not wash your hair right after you apply Taclonex Topical Suspension to your scalp.

How should I store Taclonex Topical Suspension?

  • Store the Taclonex Topical Suspension at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Do not refrigerate Taclonex Topical Suspension.
  • Keep bottle in the carton when not in use.
  • Discard unused Taclonex Topical Suspension 6 months after it has been opened.

Keep Taclonex Topical Suspension and all medicines out of reach of children

 

SRC: NLM .

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