Taclonex contains a combination of betamethasone and calcipotriene. 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.

Taclonex 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
  • Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Taclonex: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Tell your doctor if you have:

    weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso);
    slow wound healing, thinning skin, increased body hair;
    irregular menstrual periods, changes in sexual function; or
    muscle weakness, tired feeling, depression, anxiety, feeling irritable.
    Children can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.

    Stop using the medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

    severe burning or irritation where the medicine was applied;
    redness or crusting around your hair follicles;
    pus, swelling, redness, increased itching, or other signs of skin infection;
    high levels of calcium in your blood - constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, lack of energy, or tired feeling; or
    signs of low adrenal gland hormones - worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss.
    Common Taclonex side effects may include:

    skin dryness, itching, burning, or irritation;
    mild rash; or
    changes in skin color.
  • Usual Adult Dose of Taclonex for Psoriasis: Topical ointment: Psoriasis vulgaris: Apply to the affected areas once a day for up to 4 weeks. The maximum weekly dose should not exceed 100 g. Treatment of more than 30% body surface area is not recommended. Topical suspension: Plaque psoriasis of the scalp and body: Apply to the affected areas once a day for up to 8 weeks; treatment may be discontinued earlier if cleared. The maximum weekly dose should not exceed 100 g.