What is Calcipotriene?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Dovonex Daivonex

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See also: Daivobet

Calcipotriene (Calcipotriol) is a topical skin product that contains synthetic Vitamin D. It is used for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and chronic, moderate-to-severe psoriasis of the scalp.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriasis 25 11
Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches) 3 12
Perioral dermatitis 1 0
Skin discoloration 1 1
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcipotriene

Side effect Patients
Itching 1
Skin thinning 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcipotriene

Dosage Patients
0.005% as needed 2
0.005 % daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Calcipotriene

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Calcipotriene

Duration

Currently taking Calcipotriene

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Calcipotriene

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 6
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Calcipotriene after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Betamethasone-calcipotriene topical (Dovobet) 1
Betamethasone-salicylic acid topical (Diprosalic Scalp application) 1

Patients stopped taking Calcipotriene and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Calcipotriene

Jun 22, 2011 (Started Mar 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Daivonex is calcipotriol-based (vitamin D). I use it as needed when the psoriasis starts itching. After applicating Elocon liniment every morning for 4-5 days, and Daivonex every evening in the same period, I'm usually symptom free for a couple of weeks. In addition to Daivonex, I use Elocon liniment and Methotrexate. The Methotrexate seems to slow down the psoriasis enough so that the Elocon and Daivonex has a chance to drive it back for a while. One positive side effect of the Daivonex is that my skin becomes smoother than most people's.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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