What is Talconex Scalp Gel (Calcipotriene/Betamethasone) prescribed for?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system. Many of the symptoms are flaking, inflammation, and thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin. It is a disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. In turn, this makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches with white scales. This can happen anywhere on the body, but they mostly appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.
This drug is a combination of two drugs: Calcipotriene and Betamethasone. It is used to treat psoriasis of the scalp. Betamethasone is a very strong corticosteroid drug that helps to decrease the swelling, redness, and itching of the skin that often occurs in these types of conditions. Calcipotriene, which is actually a vitamin D, works by slowing down the growth of the skin cells so that they do not build up into a thickened, scaly patch.
This medication should not be used if you have certain types of psoriasis (skin patches with pus-filled blisters, psoriasis with intense redness/shedding/oozing). Consult your doctor for more information.
Read up on any information give to you by your doctor and if you have any questions about this medication, consult your doctor first.
This medication is for use on the scalp. Do not apply this product 12 hours before or after any chemical treatments done to your hair. Shake the bottle well before use. When ready, part your hair, and apply the medication only to the affected areas on the scalp. Then gently rub in. This is done once a day or as directed by your doctor. Make sure to wash your hands after application, and be sure not to wash your hair right after applying this product.
Do not get this medication in your eyes or ears, if you do by chance get it in these areas, make sure to flush thoroughly.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Calcipotriene or Betamethasone; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
You should also let your doctor know of all of your medical history. Especially if you have ever dealt with any of these experiences in the past; a certain mineral imbalance (high calcium levels in the blood or urine), thin skin in the area to be treated, liver disease.
If you have a skin infection (such as chickenpox, herpes simplex) or a skin problem other than psoriasis, it should be treated before you start this medication. Betamethasone and other corticosteroid drugs can slow down your body's response to antibiotic drugs and make it more difficult to clear an infection.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Your doctor may direct you to limit or avoid phototherapy while you use this product.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Itching, burning, redness, or irritation of the skin may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: skin thinning/discoloration/"stretch marks", swelling/inflammation of the hair pores (folliculitis), worsening of psoriasis.
This medication may rarely cause an increase in the level of calcium in your blood or urine. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects: mental/mood changes, unexplained constipation, pink/bloody urine, painful urination.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.