Taclonex Side Effects

In clinical studies, the most commonly reported side effects of Taclonex ointment included itching, headache, and a runny or stuffy nose. For the suspension form of the drug, adverse reactions included folliculitis and a burning sensation. Taclonex contains a steroid, so it's important to be watchful for signs of steroid overuse during treatment, such as weight gain, bulging eyes, and loss of muscle.

An Introduction to Taclonex Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Taclonex® (calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate). However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Taclonex. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Taclonex

Taclonex has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, during which it was compared to calcipotriene or betamethasone alone, instead of in combination, or a placebo (an ointment or scalp suspension with no active ingredients). In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully recorded.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Taclonex ointment included:
  • Itching -- in up to 3.1 percent of people
  • Headache -- up to 2.8 percent
  • Stuffy or runny nose and/or sore throat -- up to 2.3 percent
  • Psoriasis -- up to 1.2 percent
  • Scaly rash -- up to 1.2 percent.
The reported "psoriasis" side effect is somewhat puzzling, since these studies were using Taclonex to treat psoriasis. It is not clear whether this means a worsening of existing psoriasis or perhaps a change in the type or location of the psoriasis.
For Taclonex scalp suspension, the most common side effects included:
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis) -- in up to 1 percent of people
  • A burning sensation -- up to 1 percent.

Taclonex Medication Information

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