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Calcipotriol is used in treatment of psoriasis (development of red/silver colored scaly patches on skin).

How it works

Calcipotriol is a synthetic form of vitamin D belonging to the class of medicines called ‘anti-psoriatics’. Calcipotriol lowers down the rate with which skin cells grow, thereby controlling the psoriatic condition.

Common side effects

Rash, Burning sensation, Dermatitis, Dry skin, Skin redness, Skin flakes, Itching, Skin irritation, Stinging sensation, Worsening of psoriasis, Increased calcium level in blood, Increased calcium in urine


Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. In case you have been advised to use this drug while breast feeding, do not apply it on breast area.
  • Before using calcipotriol, inform your doctor if you are taking ultraviolet (UV) light treatment.
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight should be avoided while on this treatment.
  • If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis types like ‘generalised pustular psoriasis’ or ‘erythrodermic exfoliative psoriasis’, consult your doctor before using calcipotriol.
  • Application of calcipotriol on face is not recommended.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is calcipotriol a steroid?
No. calcipotriol is not a steroid.
Q. Is calcipotriol’ over the counter’ drug?
No. Calciportiol is not an ‘over the counter’ drug. It is available only by prescription. 
Q. What is calcipotriol used/indicated for?
Calcipotriol is used in treatment of psoriasis (development of red/silver colored scaly patches on skin).
Q. How effective is calcipotriol?
Calcipotriol is considered to be effective when used at the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor.
Q. How long does calcipotriol take to work?
For best results calcipotriol is used once/twice daily (as instructed by your doctor). Usually changes in the skin can be seen after around two weeks as the psoriatic patches clear up/flatten. Redness of the skin will also start to reduce then. 
Q. What is calcipotriol ointment/solution?
Calcipotriol is a drug used in treatment of psoriasis. It is available in different forms like cream, ointment, gel or solution for application to the affected areas of skin or scalp.

Content on this page was last updated on 03 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)