THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY:
Due to limited information on safety in pregnancy, calcitriol ointment should only be used in pregnant or breastfeeding women when the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the baby.
What is calcitriol ointment?
Calcitriol ointment is a medication called a Vitamin D analog that contains an active form of Vitamin D.
What is calcitriol ointment used to treat?
Calcitriol ointment is used to treat psoriasis in people over 18 years of age.
How does calcitriol ointment work?
Calcitriol decreases the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body and improves immune system function.
If I am using calcitriol ointment, can it harm my baby?
Available safety information on calcitriol ointment in pregnant women is limited, but recommended doses of calcitriol have not been associated with negative effects in human studies. Animals studies suggest that very high doses of calcitriol increase the risk of negative side effects including high calcium levels in women and infants. Pregnant women should get 400 IU Vitamin D per day, with Vitamin D deficient women able to take up to 4,000 IU Vitamin D per day. Calcitriol ointment should only be used in pregnant women when the benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the developing baby. Other medications are recommended over calcitriol ointment in pregnant women.
If I am using calcitriol ointment and become pregnant, what should I do?
Women who are trying to become pregnant or discover they are pregnant should speak with their doctor before using topical calcitriol. There is a lack of information on the safety of topical calcitriol in pregnant women, so it is important to speak with your doctor before using this medication. Both too low and too high Vitamin D levels during pregnancy can negatively affect the mother and the developing baby.
If I am using calcitriol ointment, can I safely breastfeed my baby?
Calcitriol may be excreted into breast milk. There are mixed opinions around whether or not women taking calcitriol should continue nursing infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that breastfeeding is compatible with calcitriol use; however, manufacturer guidance recommends avoiding breastfeeding while taking calcitriol. Calcitriol ointment is generally not recommended in women who are nursing infants. If a woman continues breastfeeding while on calcitriol, calcium levels in infants who are nursing should be monitored. It is important to weigh the risks and benefits of this medication before using in women who are breastfeeding.
If I am using calcitriol ointment, will it be more difficult to get pregnant?
It might be easier – having the right Vitamin D level is associated with improved reproduction in women and better sperm movement and structure in men.
If I am using calcitriol ointment, what should I know?
It is important to speak with your doctor to discuss the safety of topical calcitriol exposure during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Very little information is available on the safety of this medication while pregnant. Calcitriol ointment should only be used in pregnant or nursing women when the benefits are expected to outweigh any negative effects in the baby.
If I am taking any medication, what should I know?
This report provides a summary of available information about the use of calcitriol ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Content is from the product label unless otherwise indicated.
You may find Pregistry's expert report about psoriasis here, reports about the individual medications used to treat immune disorders here, and reports about the individual medications used to treat skin conditions here. Additional information can also be found in the resources below.
For more information about calcitriol ointment during and after pregnancy, contact http://www.womenshealth.gov/ (800-994-9662 [TDD: 888-220-5446]) or check the following link:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Vectical Prescribing Information