Xamiol gel is a prescription-only topical gel for the treatment of scalp psoriasis. Xamiol gel was discontinued in 2012; Dovobet Gel is an identical product that can be used on the body as well as the scalp. One gram of Xamiol gel contains 50 micrograms of calcipotriol (as monohydrate) and 0.5 mg of betamethasone (as dipropionate).
What is Xamiol gel?
Xamiol gel is a prescription-only topical gel for the treatment of scalp psoriasis. Xamiol gel was discontinued in 2012; Dovobet Gel is an identical product that can be used on the body as well as the scalp.
One gram of Xamiol gel contains 50 micrograms of calcipotriol (as monohydrate) and 0.5 mg of betamethasone (as dipropionate).
What is Xamiol gel used for?
Xamiol gel is used for the topical treatment of scalp psoriasis in adults 18 years of age or older.
How to use Xamiol gel?
Xamiol gel should be applied to the affected area once daily for no longer than four weeks. Xamiol gel should not be applied to more than 30% of the body surface area.
Xamiol 50 microgram/g + 0.5 mg/g gel is applied once daily. An amount between 1 and 4 grams (4 grams = 1 teaspoon) is sufficient to treat the scalp.
Some people may experience the following side effects after using Xamiol gel:
- Pruritis (itchy skin);
- Eye irritation;
- Exacerbation of psoriasis;
- Burning sensation of skin;
- Skin pain or irritation;
- Erythema (redness);
- Dry skin;
- Pustular rash.
See the package leaflet for more information on side effects.
Who should not use Xamiol gel?
Xamiol gel is not suitable for anyone who is hypersensitive to any of the ingredients, those with calcium disorders or anyone under the age of 18 years. Xamiol gel is not suitable for use in patients with certain types of psoriasis such as exfoliative, erythrodermic and pustular psoriasis. Use in people with the following skin conditions is also contraindicated:
- Viral (e.g. herpes or varicella) lesions of the skin;
- Fungal or bacterial skin infections;
- Parasitic infections;
- Skin manifestations related to tuberculosis or syphilis;
- Perioral dermatitis;
- Atrophic skin;
- Striae atrophicae;
- Fragility of skin veins;
- Ichthyosis (a genetic scaly skin disorder);
- Acne vulgaris/acne rosacea/rosacea;
- Perianal/genital pruritus.
Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol
Due to a lack of evidence, Xamiol gel should only be used during pregnancy when the potential benefit justifies the potential risks. It is not advisable to use Xamiol gel during breastfeeding.
Xamiol gel has no effect on the ability to drive and use machines.
There is no information on whether alcohol consumption affects Xamiol gel, however, interaction is unlikely.