Betamethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Calcipotriene is a form of vitamin D. It works by decreasing the rate of skin cell reproduction.

Betamethasone and calcipotriene topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to treat plaque psoriasis.

Adults may use the suspension (liquid) form of this medicine on the skin or the scalp. The liquid may be used only on the scalp in children who are at least 12 years old.

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  • Enstilar, Taclonex, Taclonex Scalp, Dovobet
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking betamethasone / calcipotriene topical:

    Less common:
    Burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas
    burning sensation of the skin
    flushing or redness of the skin
    itching skin
    pus at the root of the hair
    red, scaling, or crusted skin
    scaly rash
    skin irritation
    thinning of the skin with easy bruising
    unusually warm skin
    Rare:
    Body aches or pain
    chills
    cough
    darkening of the skin
    diarrhea
    difficulty with breathing
    ear congestion
    fever
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    headache
    joint pain
    lightening of normal skin color
    lightening of the treated areas of dark skin
    loss of appetite
    loss of voice
    muscle aches and pains
    nasal congestion
    nausea
    raised, dark red, or wart-like spots on skin
    red, sore eyes
    runny nose
    shivering
    sneezing
    sore throat
    spots on your skin that look like a blister or pimple
    sweating
    trouble sleeping
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting
    worsening of the psoriasis
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with betamethasone / calcipotriene topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common:
    Bruising
    large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
    pain
    Rare:
    Blemishes on the skin
    pimples
  • (topical ointment, topical suspension, topical foam)