Information about Tacalcitol

Tacalcitol Uses

Tacalcitol is used in the treatment of psoriasis.

How Tacalcitol works

Tacalcitol is derivative of vitamin D₃ belongs to a class of drugs called antipsoriatics. It binds to the keratinocyte (a type of skin cell) vitamin D receptor to the same extent as the natural vitamin D3. It acts by normalising cell growth and development in the skin. It prevents the excessive growth rate of skin cells that leads to scaling of the skin characteristic of Psoriasis.
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Available Medicine for Tacalcitol

TacalsisAjanta Pharma Ltd
130 to ₹2812 variant(s)

Expert advice for Tacalcitol

  • Avoid contact with eyes. In case of accidental contact, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had problems with kidneys or have a particular type of psoriasis called generalized pustular psoriasis or taking high doses of vitamin D. 
  • If tacalcitol is to be used in conjunction with UV treatment then UV radiation should be given in the morning and tacalcitol should be applied at bedtime.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if patient is allergic to tacalcitol or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if patient with high level of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia).

Frequently asked questions for Tacalcitol


Q. How long should I use Tacalcitol?

Tacalcitol should be used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor to get the most benefit. However, if your symptoms do not improve even after a few weeks of using Tacalcitol, please consult your doctor.

Q. What should I tell my doctor before starting treatment with Tacalcitol?

Before starting treatment with Tacalcitol, tell your doctor if you have any health problems related to calcium levels in your blood (high calcium levels). This is because this medicine is a derivative of vitamin D3 and you may need dose modifications or you may be treated with some alternative medicine. Let your doctor know about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are planning a baby, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are allergic to Tacalcitol or have had any allergy to it earlier, please discuss it with your doctor before using this medicine.

Q. Is Tacalcitol effective?

Tacalcitol is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop using it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Tacalcitol too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. How to use Tacalcitol?

Before using Tacalcitol, clean and dry the affected area. Gently and thoroughly massage it into the skin. Be careful not to get the medication in your eyes or mouth. If Tacalcitol gets in your eyes accidentally, wash with plenty of water and call your doctor if your eyes are irritated.

Q. What precautions do I need to take while using Tacalcitol?

Be careful not to get Tacalcitol into your eyes or mouth. If you happen to get it in your eyes, rinse off with plenty of water immediately and contact your doctor. You must not use Tacalcitol if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Tell your doctor if you notice any allergic reaction while using it for the first time. Inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines regularly, to prevent any allergic reaction with other medicines. Do not cover the area being treated with Tacalcitol with a bandage, as this may increase absorption of this medicine and increase the side effects. Do not use more than what is recommended to relieve your symptoms faster. Using more than what is advised will only increase the side effects. Let your doctor know if you are planning to conceive. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should use Tacalcitol only if prescribed by the doctor.

Q. What should I do if I forget to use Tacalcitol?

If you forget to use Tacalcitol, do not worry and continue using Tacalcitol as soon as you remember. However, if you are not sure and have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.

Q. Can I stop using Tacalcitol when I feel better?

No, do not stop using Tacalcitol without consulting your doctor even if you are feeling better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Therefore, for better and complete treatment, it is advised to continue your treatment for the prescribed duration.

Q. Is Tacalcitol safe?

Tacalcitol is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Use it exactly as directed by the doctor to get the most benefit. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.


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