Vectical Warnings and Precautions

Prior to starting treatment with Vectical, your healthcare provider will need to know if you have any allergies or are taking any other medications. Other safety precautions with Vectical include warnings of dangerously high calcium levels and potential drug interactions. Also, you may not be able to use this skin ointment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Vectical® (calcitriol ointment) if you have:
  • High blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia)
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Some Precautions and Warnings With Vectical

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
  • Vectical may increase the level of calcium in the blood. It is possible that overuse of this medicine may cause dangerously high calcium levels (hypercalcemia). Let your healthcare provider know if you develop any signs or symptoms of hypercalcemia, such as:
    • Constipation, nausea, or vomiting
    • Muscle achiness or weakness
    • Kidney stones
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain or side pain
    • Confusion or lethargy
    • Increased thirst and frequent urination.
  • Avoid exposing any treated area of the body to excessive sunlight, including artificial sunlight like sun lamps or tanning booths.
  • Vectical is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it might not be safe during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before using this ointment (see Vectical and Pregnancy for more information).
  • It is unknown if Vectical passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Vectical and Breastfeeding).

Vectical Medication Information

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