Vectical is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. Vectical is used to treat mild to moderate plaque psoriasis in adults 18 years and older. Vectical is also known by its drug name, calcitriol.
Calcitriol, the active ingredient in Vectical, is a synthetic form of vitamin D. It is believed that Vectical works in cases of psoriasis by slowing the growth of skin cells, helping reduce scaly skin and lesions.
Vectical should not be used by anyone with hypersensitivities to calcitriol or other forms of vitamin D. Vectical should be used with caution in people with a history of kidney or liver disease or who have recently had surgery, including dental surgery. Vectical may not be suitable for use by pregnant women, women who plan to become pregnant, or women who are breastfeeding.
How do I take it?
Vectical is applied topically to the affected areas twice a day, in the morning and evening. Do not cover the treated area of skin with a bandage or dressing unless instructed to by your doctor.
Vectical should not be used on the face. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Vectical, and avoid getting Vectical into your eyes, mouth, or vagina.
Avoid tanning beds and excessive exposure to sunlight while using Vectical. Use sunblock (at least SPF 15) or cover skin with clothing and a hat when going outside on sunny days.
Inform your doctor if you are receiving phototherapy. Using phototherapy while using Vectical may result in unwanted side effects.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when using Vectical.
The most common side effects of Vectical include lab test abnormalities, urine abnormalities, skin irritation, increased blood calcium levels, and rash.
Rarely, Vectical may increase your risk for kidney stones. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience worsening psoriasis, fatigue, nausea, constipation, confusion, abnormally increased thirst or urine output, pain during urination, severe pain in your back or side that spreads down to the groin, pink or brown urine, or persistent need to urinate.
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Vectical Ointment (Calcitriol) — RxList