Proper Use

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It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.

This medicine should only be used on the skin or scalp only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or apply it on your face, under your arms, or on your groin area. Do not use it on skin or scalp areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water.

This medicine comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions in the insert carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

To help clear up your skin or scalp problem completely, it is very important that you keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment. Do not miss any doses.

This medicine should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Check with your doctor before using it for other skin conditions, especially if you think that a skin infection may be present. This medicine should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns.

The treated areas should not be bandaged or covered after the medicine is applied.

To use the ointment:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer to the affected areas of the skin and rub it in gently.
  • Do not use the ointment for more than 8 weeks unless your doctor has told you to.

To use the topical liquid:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Shake the bottle before using the medicine.
  • Part your hair so you can see the patches on your scalp.
  • Apply enough medicine to the affected areas on your scalp and rub it in gently.
  • Do not wash your hair or take a bath or shower right after applying this medicine.
  • Do not apply this medicine in the 12 hours before or after using any hair chemical treatments. Talk with your doctor first about it.
  • Do not use the topical liquid for more than 8 weeks unless your doctor has told you to.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For psoriasis:
    • For topical dosage form (ointment):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin once a day. Treatment may be continued for up to 4 weeks or as determined by your doctor.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For topical dosage form (suspension):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area on the scalp once a day for up to 8 weeks or until the area is cleared or as determined by your doctor.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Keep the bottle of topical liquid in the carton when not in use. Use it within 6 months after it has been opened.