Vectical Ointment is a topical antipsoriatic called calcitrol. Sometimes, this medication may be referred to as “Silkis Ointment", and can be purchased as the brand choice in 3mcg!
Vectical Ointment is used to treat plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis is a long term skin disease where the skin cells have a much faster rate of growth and because of this, the surface of the skin will collect a buildup of cells. The buildup will form red, raised patches that are covered with silver-colored scales. Vectical Ointment is only used on mild to moderate cases of psoriasis; it should not be used to treat severe psoriasis.
Vectical Ointment (calcitrol ointment) is effective at treating mild to moderate psoriasis because calcitrol is a form of vitamin D and is able to decrease the rate of skin cell reproduction.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Vectical Ointment (calcitrol) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget. Store this medication at room temperature in an area where it does not risk becoming hot or wet. Do not freeze or refrigerate this medication.
What to know before applying Vectical Ointment: this medication should not be taken by mouth; as a topical medication, it should be applied to the skin only. When you have finished applying, do not cover the area unless your doctor has directed you too. Do not put this ointment on healthy skin or skin that is not affected by psoriasis.
What to know during the time of application of Vectical Ointment: Ensure you have clean and dry hands. Apply a thin layer of the ointment to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis. Rub the ointment in gently to avoid irritating the skin.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to calcitriol or if you have a severe case of psoriasis (with pus, skin peeling, and severe redness).
This medication is not approved for those under the age of 18 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had low or high levels of calcium in your blood, a calcium disorder or metabolic imbalance, or if you are receiving UV light treatments for your psoriasis.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you are currently taking.
This medication may make you more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid being in direct sunlight or tanning beds while on this medication.
Common side effects of Vectical Ointment (calcitriol) may include:
Calcium in your urine, itching, or abnormal lab tests.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Vectical Ointment (calcitriol) may include:
Blistering, severe redness, itching, or other irritation of treated areas; or worsened symptoms or no improvement in psoriasis.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood): nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, lack of energy, feeling tired, confusion, or bone pain.
What is the average dose for an adult with mild psoriasis?
The average dose for an adult with mild psoriasis is a thin layer applied twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. An adult should not use more than 200g in a week.
Is this medication safe for children?
No. This medication is not approved for those under the age of 18 years old. Either this medication has not been studied in children under 18 or there are complications children will face if this drug is taken by them. Speak to your doctor about an appropriate medication for those under the age of 18.
Is this medication safe for a pregnant woman to take?
Animal studies have shown that this drug can cause developmental problems however there have not been enough studies to show if the same affect would occur in a human fetus. Do not use this medication while pregnant. If this concerns you; speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, or in your vagina. You may also want to avoid direct sunlight as this medication may make you more sensitive and can cause you to sunburn more easily; wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing and hats while outside.
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