Tacalcitol - topical

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Tacalcitol is used to treat psoriasis (a type of skin disease that is caused by itchy patches of thick, red skin and silvery scales).
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Tacalcitol exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as an ointment or lotion.

If you are given the ointment, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands before using the ointment.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the ointment over the affected areas of the skin. Then, spread and rub it gently.
  3. Wash your hands after each application.
  4. If you are applying the ointment on your scalp, shampoo it out the next morning.
If you are given the lotion, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands before using the lotion.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the lotion over the affected areas of the skin. Then, spread and rub it gently.
  3. If you are using the lotion on your scalp, part your hair and place the nozzle close to the affected area, apply a few drops and rub the lotion gently.
  4. Wash your hands after each application.
Avoid transfer of this medicine to other areas of the body that is not affected by psoriasis.

Avoid any contact of this medicine with your eyes. Rinse immediately with water if Tacalcitol gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyesight.

Tacalcitol must be used regularly for it to be effective. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the severity of your lesion. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

Do not use more than what is instructed by your doctor to make up for the missed dose.

If you often forget to apply your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have hypercalcaemia (high level of calcium in the blood) or other calcium metabolism disorders as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions that increase your risk of having hypercalcaemia:
  • kidney disease
  • certain types of psoriasis e.g. pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an ultraviolet light treatment, inform your doctor that you are using Tacalcitol.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What side effects could I experience?
Tacalcitol may cause any of the following side effects: itching, burning or redness of the skin.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • worsening of psoriasis
  • numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking vitamin D or products containing vitamin D.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Do not use for more than 6 months after the first day of opening the container. Write the date of opening on the carton label so that you know when the container was opened.

Do not throw away this medicine via wastewater or household waste. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to throw away this medicine properly.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on tacalcitol - topical and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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