What is Dovonex?
Dovonex cream is used to treat psoriasis. It contains the active ingredient calcipotriol, which is a medicine that is a derivative of vitamin D. When applied to the skin it works by reducing the production of skin cells, which helps to flatten and clear the psoriasis plaques. Dovonex is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Dovonex used for?
Psoriasis is a skin disease in which excessive skin cell production leads to the development of raised, itchy, red patches with silver-grey scales. Psoriasis often occurs on the knees and elbows, but can also appear in other areas of the body. Some people with psoriasis have few outbreaks, while others are chronically affected.
Dovonex reduces the production of skin cells. Using this medicine will improve your skin gradually over the course of several weeks. Dovonex allows the skin to become supple again and scales, itching and red patches will disappear.
How to use Dovonex
Apply Dovonex to the affected area(s) and massage in gently. Wash your hands after applying the cream. Do not apply this medicine to the face. It is recommended that you avoid or at least limit your exposure to sunlight and sunbeds while you are using this medicine, because it could make your skin more sensitive to UV light.
The doctor will tell you how much of the cream you should use. In general, the recommended dose is:
- Adults: a thin layer applied to the affected areas, once or twice daily. Do not use more than 100 grams of cream per week.
- Children aged 12 and above: a thin layer applied to the affected areas, twice daily. Do not use more than 75 grams of cream per week.
- Children aged 6 to 12: a thin layer applied to the affected areas, twice daily. Do not use more than 50 grams of cream per week.
The duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. The doctor will prescribe an adjusted dose for children under the age of six. Read the package leaflet before use.
Like all medicines, Dovonex can cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Skin irritation at the application site;
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light;
- Increased level of calcium in the blood (especially if the recommended dose is exceeded or with prolonged use).
Consult your doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Dovonex
Dovonex is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to calcipotriol or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a disorder of calcium metabolism in the body;
- You have a severe liver or kidney disease.
Be sure to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order to avoid potential interaction. For more information about contraindications and warnings, see the package leaflet.
Dovonex should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or impair your ability to drive safely.