Taclonex

Generic Name: Betamethasone

  • What is Taclonex?

    Taclonex ointment is used on the skin to treat psoriasis vulgaris (plaque psoriasis) in adults. It contains a strong corticosteroid (betamethasone) and a drug similar to vitamin D (calcipotriene).

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

    Taclonex can pass through your skin and possibly cause serious side effects if you use too much or use it for too long, or under an airtight dressing. Serious side effects may include adrenal gland problems or having too much calcium in your blood. The doctor may check your calcium levels and adrenal gland function while you are using Taclonex. Your doctor may recommend stopping it until the normal levels of calcium are restored.

    Do not apply Taclonex to your face, eyes, groin, or under your arms. Also, do not apply Taclonex to areas where the skin appears to be thinning (skin atrophy). The treated skin area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped, unless your doctor tells you to do so.

    If skin irritation develops, stop using Taclonex and contact your doctor.

  • Who should not take Taclonex?

    Do not use Taclonex if you are allergic to betamethasone, calcipotriene or any of its ingredients, have calcium metabolism disorder, or if you have erythrodermic psoriasis, exfoliative psoriasis, or pustular psoriasis.

    Taclonex is not approved for children <18 years old.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Taclonex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Taclonex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you take any other corticosteroid-containing product, receive phototherapy for your psoriasis, have thin skin (skin atrophy), have a skin infection, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply Taclonex ointment once a day to the areas of your skin affected by psoriasis. This medication is recommended for up to 4 weeks of treatment. Do not use Taclonex for more than 4 weeks unless prescribed by your doctor. Do not use more than 100 grams (g) of Taclonex per week.

  • How should I take Taclonex?

    Use Taclonex exactly as directed by your doctor.

    Remove the cap and check that the aluminum seal covers the tube. To break the seal, turn the cap over and push through the seal. Gently rub the ointment only on areas affected by psoriasis.

    Do not apply Taclonex to your face, under your arms, or your groin. Wash your face or your eyes right away if you get Taclonex on them.

    Do not bandage or tightly cover or wrap the treated skin area.

    Wash your hands well after using Taclonex.

  • What should I avoid while taking Taclonex?

    Avoid spending a long time in the sunlight or artificial sunlight (tanning booths and sunlamps). Use sunscreen if you have to be in the sunlight. Talk to your doctor if you get a sunburn.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Taclonex?

    If Taclonex is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining it with other medicines for your psoriasis or other corticosteroid medicines.

  • What are the possible side effects of Taclonex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: itching, rash, skin burning

  • Can I receive Taclonex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Taclonex during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, Taclonex should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the unborn child. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Taclonex?

    If you forget to use Taclonex, use it as soon as you remember. Then return to your normal dosing schedule.

  • How should I store Taclonex?

    Store at room temperature. Make sure the cap on the tube is tightly closed.

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