Tacalcitol

Description

Tacalcitol is an antipsoriatic agent used for the treatment of psoriasis, a skin disorder characterized by the red, raised, well-defined plaques on the skin. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Tacalcitol

  • Itching skin
  • Burning sensation of skin
  • Redness of skin

Uses of Tacalcitol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Psoriasis vulgaris
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to tacalcitol or to any other ingredient present along with it.

Hypercalcemia

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who are suffering from too much calcium levels in the blood or any other calcium metabolism disorders due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney Disease

This medicine is should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects and hypercalcemia. Regular monitoring of the serum calcium levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Use in Pediatrics

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established

Vitamin D

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who are taking vitamin D preparations more than 500IU due to the increased risk of hypercalcemia. Regular monitoring of the serum calcium levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

External use

This medicine is recommended for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.

Other medicines

Tacalcitol may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms unless it is applied for a prolonged period of time in large volumes. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Methyl Prednisolone

Betamethasone

Clobetasol

Aldosterone

Benzthiazide

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve or resolve after two weeks of use.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken at bedtime only

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by slowing down the excessive production of skin cells and also helps in reducing the inflammation.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antipsoriatics/ Vitamin D derivative

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.6389.pdf

[Internet]. Mhra.gov.uk. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/spcpil/documents/spcpil/con1529641674803.pdf

Tacalcitol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 12 February 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB13689

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Information on this page was last updated on 12 Feb 2019

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