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Vitamin D3, Calcitriol, Anthralin

Avoid long term use of the below products:

vitamin D3 that is formulated to slow skin cell growth, flatten lesions and remove scale. It also can be used to treat psoriasis on the scalp and nails.

The most common side effect of calcipotriene is skin irritation, stinging and burning. Less common side effects include dry skin, peeling, rash, dermatitis and worsening of psoriasis.

vitamin A derivative, topical retinoid used to slow skin cell growth. It is normal for psoriasis plaques to become very red before clearing when using tazarotene. The redness is often intense in color, but it is generally not painful.

The most common side effects are skin irritation and dry skin and increased susceptibility to sunburn. Use a sunscreen and wear sun-protective clothing when using tazarotene. If you experience discomfort, burning, itching or stinging, check with your doctor.

Calcitriol is a naturally occurring active form of Vitamin D3.  It has shown in studies to help control excessive skin cell production.  Calcitriol can be applied to most places on the body except for the face, lips and eyes.

The most common side effects are excessive calcium in urine, itching and skin discomfort. There is an increased chance of skin tumors due to sensitivity to light. A less common side effect is that changes in the limits of calcium metabolism may occur. However, this side effect is extremely uncommon. Treatment should be stopped until the levels of calcium return to normal.

Anthralin is the synthetic substitute for chrysarobin, a substance found in Goa powder made from the bark of the South American araroba tree. Anthralin is used to reduce the rapid growth of skin cells associated with plaque psoriasis.

There are no known long-term side effects to using anthralin. It may cause skin irritation and can stain light-colored hair as well as unaffected skin, clothing and bed linens.

My vitamin D3 topical works well for me. Can I continue to use it?

Because vitamin D3 topicals contain toxic ingredients the length of time the product can be used and the locations where one should use them, are limited. Vitamin D3 preparations, because of the above, are prescription medications, which always and only should be applied under the guidance of a physician.

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