Calcipotriol is an ointment used for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, a condition where red scaly patches develop on your skin, called plaques. The patches vary in size from time to time and can be itchy. Treatment for psoriasis aims to clear the plaques as much as possible. Read more about psoriasis.
Calcipotriol works by slowing this overproduction of skin cells, which eases the inflamed, scaly areas. It is made from vitamin D, which is a vitamin essential for healthy skin.
Calcipotriol is available alone (Daivonex®) and in combination with a steroid (Daivobet® and Enstilar®). It is not recommended that steroids be used long term, so this combination is often used for about a month, followed by treatment with calcipotriol alone. Calcipotriol products are available in different forms:
- Daivonex comes as an ointment.
- Daivobet comes as a gel and an ointment.
- Enstilar comes as a spray foam that is sprayed on to your skin where it is affected by psoriasis.