Taclonex Uses

Taclonex is approved to treat plaque psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterized by skin that is red, thickened, swollen, and often covered with silver scales. It is approved for use in adults only, although Taclonex may sometimes be used "off-label" in teenagers. In some cases, the drug may be prescribed to treat other types of psoriasis; however, it is not approved for this use.

What Is Taclonex Used For?

Taclonex® (calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate) is a prescription medication licensed to treat psoriasis. The ointment form is approved to treat plaque psoriasis (presumably of the body), and the liquid (suspension) form is approved to treat plaque psoriasis of the scalp and body. Neither form should be used on the face, underarms, or groin areas.
 
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. It is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system (see Psoriasis Causes for more information). There are several different types of psoriasis. The symptoms of psoriasis may vary, depending on the type. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by thickened, swollen, and red skin, often covered with silver scales.
 
Psoriasis treatment may include:
 
  • Medicines applied to the skin (topical psoriasis treatment)
  • Light treatments (phototherapy)
  • Psoriasis medications, either by mouth or injection, that treat the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).
 
Taclonex is a topical psoriasis medication. Although quite effective, it cannot be used on a long-term basis, due to the risk of serious side effects. The ointment should be used for no more than four weeks, and the scalp suspension should be used for no more than eight weeks.
 

Taclonex Medication Information

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