If you have plaque psoriasis, you may benefit from Taclonex, a prescription medication that comes in the form of an ointment or a suspension (liquid). This drug contains two active ingredients, one of which is a steroid. Although most people are able to use this medicine without any problems, side effects are possible and include itching, a burning sensation, and headache.
Taclonex® (calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate) is a prescription medication approved for treating plaque psoriasis. It comes in the form of an ointment and a suspension (liquid). The suspension form is usually used on the scalp or body, while the ointment is usually used on the body.
Calcipotriene is a synthetic form of vitamin D. It is not entirely clear how this ingredient works to treat psoriasis.
Betamethasone is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid" for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Betamethasone works for psoriasis by decreasing inflammation and/or suppressing an overactive immune system.