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Last updated on 16/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Calcipotriol, calcipotriene



DRUG CLASS: Vitamins

SUB CLASS: Vitamin D analogue

USED FOR: Plaque psoriasis

– 50 mcg/g (ointment)

What is Calcipotriol for?

Calcipotriol, sometimes known as calcipotriene, is an analogue of Vitamin D2. It works by reducing the abnormal proliferation of keratinocytes (a major cell type on the skin surface), induces cell differentiation and restores normal skin growth. Calcipotriol is used topically to treat plaque psoriasis and other skin conditions. It is often used in combination with Betamethasone (a topical steroid), in which Calcipotriol may reduce the skin thinning effect of topical steroids.

How to use it?

Calcipotriol is available as an ointment, which is applied onto the skin. Clean and dry the affected area before application. Wash your hands before and after using the medication.

Mild to moderate plaque psoriasis
Apply a thin layer and rub in gently and completely to the affected area once or twice daily.
Child 6-12 years
Apply to the affected area twice daily. Do not use it continuously for more than 8 weeks.

Scalp psoriasis
Apply a thin layer and rub in gently and completely to the affected area twice daily. Avoid contact with the forehead or uninvolved scalp margin.

What are the side effects of Calcipotriol?

Common side effects of Calcipotriol include irritation, itchiness, redness, dryness, burning or stinging sensation, and darkening of skin in the applied area.

Who should not take Calcipotriol?

– People allergic to any component of the formulation
– Anyone who has an increased calcium level in blood
– Anyone who has metastatic calcification
– Patients with acute psoriatic eruptions

Pharmacist Tips:

– Avoid contact with the face, eyes and mucous membranes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water.
– Psoriasis can be triggered or worsened by some factors, including dry and cold weather, stress, skin damage, infections, alcohol, and smoking. Take care of your skin by keeping it clean, moisturized and free of wounds and infections. Avoid going outside when the weather is dry and cold. Learn to manage your stress, avoid alcohol, quit smoking, do regular exercise and eating a balanced diet helps your overall health and wellness.

Common dosing schedule:
Apply once or twice daily to affected areas.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Calcipotriol may interact with:
– Salicylic acid

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Calcipotriol in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Calcipotriol is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Calcipotriol in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.