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Your medicine is known by one of the above names, but will be referred to as Calcipotriol Scalp Solution throughout this:
Patient Information Leaflet
1) What Calcipotriol Scalp Solution is and what it is used for
2) Before you use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
3) How to use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
6) Further information
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution belongs to a group of medicines called antipsoriatics. It is a type of vitamin D.
Vitamin D controls how the cells in your skin grow.
If the cells in your skin grow too much you may get psoriasis. Psoriasis is a condition where your skin develops raised red patches and silver coloured scaly patches. The scaly patches are dead cells that would normally fall off your skin without you noticing.
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution works by reducing the amount of cells your skin makes. This means your skin symptoms will reduce too.
These diagrams explain how your skin may improve when you use this medicine.
Your skin before treatment.
After about two weeks you may see a change in your skin. The scaly or flaky patches usually clear up first. They will feel smoother
The redness of the skin will start to clear up next. It may clear up in the centre first.
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution is used to treat:
• Scalp psoriasis (psoriasis on your head).
Do not use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to calcipotriol or any of the other ingredients in your medicine. You can find a list of these ingredients in section 6 of this leaflet.
• If you have been told by a doctor that you have high or low levels of a substance called calcium in your body (calcium metabolism disorders).
• If you have severe kidney problems.
• If you have severe liver problems.
Take special care with Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
Before you use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution tell your doctor:
• If you are already having ultraviolet (UV) light treatment. You must discuss with your doctor about having light treatment and using Calcipotriol Scalp Solution at the same time.
• If you know you have a type of psoriasis called generalised pustular psoriasis. Ask your doctor if you are unsure.
• If you know you have a type of psoriasis called erythrodermic exfoliative psoriasis. Ask your doctor if you are unsure.
Do not use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution on your face.
Your doctor may tell you to limit your exposure to natural or artificial sunlight while you are using this medicine.
You may get too much calcium in your blood when you use this medicine. Please read section 4 of this leaflet so that you can spot any signs this may be happening to you. Your doctor may need to change your dose.
You are not likely to get too much calcium in your blood if you use the dose prescribed for you. You can find the dose that you should use in section 3 of this leaflet. You are more likely to get too much calcium in your blood if you use more than the recommended dose each week.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes any medicines which you have bought without a prescription.
Please ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Calcipotriol Scalp Solution:
• If you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant.
• If you are breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Usually your medicine may have very little effect on your ability to drive or use machines. Check with your doctor if you feel any side effect that may stop you from driving or using machines.
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution contains:
• Propylene glycol. It may irritate your skin.
Please ask your doctor if you are worried about any of the ingredients in this medicine.
Always use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How to put on Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
This medicine is only for using on your head (scalp).
Never put it on your face as it may cause irritation. Do not swallow it. Do not put it inside your body.
Do not mix Calcipotriol Scalp Solution with any other medicines.
Always wash your hands before using Calcipotriol Scalp Solution.
Use your medicine when your hair is dry. Part your hair before you use your medicine. This will help your medicine reach down to the skin on your head.
Tilt your head back to stop any medicine running on to your face or in your eyes.
Put the nozzle of the bottle close to your head. You can squeeze your medicine on to your head directly where the rash is. One or two drops will cover a small patch about the size of a postage stamp. Rub it in gently.
Let your medicine dry naturally. It will not take long. Never dry it with a hairdryer or near a fire. Leave your medicine on until next time you wash your hair. This will help it to work better.
Always wash your hands after using Calcipotriol Scalp Solution. This will stop any medicine accidentally spreading to other parts of your body. Do not worry if you accidentally get any medicine on your normal skin, but wash it off if it spreads too far.
If you accidentally get any medicine in your eye, wash it out with water straight away. Then bathe your eye with an eyewash if possible. If your eye is sore, go to your doctor.
Keep your medicine away from your glasses or any plastic.
Your doctor will tell you how much Calcipotriol Scalp Solution to use.
You should use this medicine twice each day. Use it in the morning and in the evening. To remind you to use your medicine it may help to use it when you do another regular action, such as brushing your teeth.
Your dose will depend on how bad your psoriasis is.
Your doctor will prescribe the dose that is right for you.
• Using only this medicine
Do not use more than 60 millilitres (ml) each week.
Please check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are using other medicines, and you are not sure what they contain.
Remember: your medicine contains the active ingredient called calcipotriol. You may use it with other creams or ointments that also contain calcipotriol.
You must use these medicines carefully together so you do not have too much in a week.
Do not use more than 60 millilitres (ml) of Calcipotriol Scalp Solution and
30 grams of calcipotriol cream or ointment each week.
Do not use more than 30 millilitres (ml) of Calcipotriol Scalp Solution and 60 grams of calcipotriol cream or ointment each week.
This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
If you use more Calcipotriol Scalp Solution than you should
Tell your doctor straight away.
You may get too much calcium in your blood. Please read section 4 of this leaflet so you can spot any signs that this may be happening to you.
If you forget to use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution
If you forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you remember. Then next use your medicine at the usual time.
If you have any further questions about taking this medicine, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Calcipotriol Scalp Solution can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Important side effects to look out for:
You must get urgent medical help if you have any of the following symptoms. You may be having an allergic reaction:
• You have difficulty breathing
• Your face including around your eyes swell
• Your skin develops a severe rash.
You should tell your doctor straight away if you spot any of the following signs which may be due to too much calcium in your blood:
• You need to pass water (urine) more often
• You feel thirsty
• You have a dry mouth or a metallic taste in your mouth
• You feel weak or have pain in your muscles or bones
• You have a headache
• You feel sick or have constipation.
• Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Calcipotriol Scalp Solution after the expiry date printed on the carton, label or bottle after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 25°C. Store away from fire or flames as it may set on fire.
• If your medicine appears discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Calcipotriol Scalp Solution contains:
• Contains 0.005% w/v of the active ingredient calcipotriol.
• Calcipotriol Scalp Solution also contains the following inactive ingredients: hydroxypropyl cellulose, isopropyl alcohol, levomenthol, sodium citrate, propylene glycol and purified water.
You can find important information about some of the ingredients in your
medicine near the end of section 2 of this leaflet.
What Calcipotriol Scalp Solution looks like and content of the pack
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution is a clear solution in a white plastic bottle.
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution is available in white plastic bottles containing 30ml
Calcipotriol Scalp Solution comes in packs containing 1 x 30ml, 1 x 60ml, 4 x 30ml and 2 x 60ml plastic bottles
Your medicine is manufactured by LEO Pharmaceutical Products, Ballerup, Denmark. Procured from within the EU and repackaged by Product Licence Holder: Primecrown Ltd, 4/5 Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5QS.
Daivonex® and Dovonex® are Registered Trade Marks of LEO Pharma A/S, Denmark.
More about psoriasis
You can get psoriasis anywhere on your body.
Psoriasis is not infectious so you do not need to worry about other people catching it from you.
We still do not know what causes psoriasis but you can inherit it. Other things can make psoriasis worse such as stress.
For further information about psoriasis, you can contact:
The Psoriasis Association. email@example.com
If you have any questions about your treatment, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Other possible side effects:
The possible side effects described in the following section of this leaflet are usually mild.
• Skin irritation
• Burning or stinging feeling.
• Dry skin
• Itching skin
• Itchy rash and skin inflammation in the area where the medicine is used.
• Worsening of your psoriasis.
• Red, itchy, scaly rash. Blisters may form. These may weep or become crusty (eczema).
Side effects where the number of people affected is not known
• Itchy raised rash (hives).
• Temporary changes in your skin colour.
• Temporary increased sensitivity to sunlight.
If any of the side effects become serious or you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, tell your doctor or pharmacist.