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Vectical contains the active form of vitamin D and is prescribed to treat mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis in adults. It comes in the form of an ointment, which is applied to the affected areas of the skin twice daily. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, it can cause side effects, such as skin discomfort and itching.

What Is Vectical?

Vectical® (calcitriol ointment) is a prescription medication approved for treating mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis in adults.
(Click Vectical Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Vectical is made by Galderma Production Canada, Inc., for Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

How Does Vectical Work?

Vectical contains calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D. It is not entirely clear how Vectical works to treat psoriasis.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Vectical include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied twice daily to the affected areas of the skin. Make sure to rub it in gently and completely.
  • Do not apply to the eyes, lips, or face.
  • Wash your hands after applying this product, unless you are treating your hands.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure on areas of the body where Vectical has been applied.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this medication, regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Vectical Dosage for more information.)
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