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Vtama is the brand version of Tapinarof, a topical medication and plaque psoriasis treatment. It's an aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonist that reduces skin inflammation by stimulating the AhR protein.
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A medical provider will review your information and prescribe treatment, if appropriate.
Pick up and pay for the medication at the pharmacy of your choice. Or, get it delivered.
About Vtama (Tapinarof)
How does it work?
This psoriasis medicine binds to aryl hydrocarbon receptors (AhRs) in the skin, boosting their activity. It reduces inflammation in the skin cells and relieves psoriasis symptoms.
What does it treat?
This medication treats mild, moderate and severe plaque psoriasis in adults. It helps block the production of excess skin cells and reduces inflammation. Follow your prescriber’s instructions carefully for best results.
What forms does it come in?
Vtama comes as a topical cream. Apply it to the affected areas of skin once a day—follow your prescriber’s application instructions.
Vtama vs. Tapinarof
Vtama is the brand version of Tapinarof, while Tapinorf is the generic version of Vtama–both are topical medications for plaque psoriasis.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a psoriasis prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Vtama 1 % Topical Cream (60 gram tube) start at $1,412.73.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Vtama 1 % Topical Cream (60 gram tube)*
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Vtama (Tapinarof) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Vtama (Tapinarof)?
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves skin appearance
- Relieves itching
- Reduces scaling
Who should not use this medication?
- People who are allergic to it or any of its ingredients
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People who have liver or kidney problems
- People who are taking certain other medications, including Steroids or other Vitamin D supplements
If you have any of these conditions, talk to your licensed provider before starting this medication.
How do I use this medication?
In most cases, you apply a thin layer of this psoriasis prescription to the affected areas of your skin once a day. Wash your hands after applying the cream. Follow your medical provider’s guidelines.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of this medication, apply it when you remember. If it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Don’t double the dose, as it may increase the risk of side effects.
What happens if I use too much?
Taking more of this medication than is directed can cause serious side effects, such as skin irritation, itching and redness.
If you’ve taken too much, contact your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) right away.
Can I get Vtama (Tapinarof) online?
Yes! By completing a convenient $15 Dr. B online consultation. A licensed medical provider will review your treatment information and send an online prescription or refill to your pharmacy if you qualify.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen
Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine. Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Not everyone will experience side effects after applying this medication. When they do present, they’re usually not serious. Potential side effects include:
- Red raised bumps
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
If you experience severe side effects like allergic reactions, severe skin irritation or muscle weakness—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist immediately.