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Calcitriol

Generic Name: calcitriol (topical) (kal SIT ree ol TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Vectical
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Drug Information:
Calcitriol is a form of vitamin D. Calcitriol topical (for the skin) is used to treat plaque psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin) in adults. Calcitriol topical is not for use in treating severe forms of psoriasis (with pus, skin peeling, severe redness). Calcitriol topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. Learn more

Calcitriol Side Effects

Calcitriol topical Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of calcitriol topical include: hypercalcemia. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to calcitriol topical: external ointment

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, constipation, or bone pain.
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Itching.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to calcitriol topical: topical ointment

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hypercalcemia (16% to 24%)

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Laboratory test abnormality

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Skin discomfort, pruritus, skin irritation, erythema, psoriasis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dry skin

Frequency not reported: Skin edema, contact dermatitis

Postmarketing reports: Acute blistering dermatitis, erythema, skin burning sensation

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Urine abnormality, hypercalciuria

Renal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Kidney stones

General

The most commonly reported side effect was hypercalcemia.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Calcitriol