What is calcipotriene?
Calcipotriene is medicated ointment containing a derivative of vitamin D (vitamin D3). You apply a thin layer of this prescription ointment twice daily to the psoriatic patches of the skin (but absolutely not on your face, eyes, groin and other sensitive areas of your body). Its side effects, while fewer than those of corticosteroids commonly used to treat psoriasis, include burning, itching or other skin irritations. Vitamin D3 preparations are toxic and should only be used under the care of a dermatologist. Long term, excessive application will lead to unwanted side effects. Click here for more information about Vitamin D3.