Generic Name:Calcipotriene Topical
Brand Name(s):Dovonex

Dovonex skin treatment is a drug used for to treat the problems of skin ailments and has the active ingredient of Calcipotriene that belongs to the family of medications known as vitamin D analogues. It is used to treat the skin condition such as psoriasis. It may be used alone or in combination other medications such as topical corticosteroid, cyclosporin A, or acitretin. Dovonex works by controlling the excessive production of skin cells seen in psoriasis.

Many things can affect the usage of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a usage different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that this medication be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, at the recommended time apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next usage, skip the missed usage and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose usage to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a usage, contact your doctor for advice.

Dovonex Uses

This medication is usually applied twice daily especially in the morning and evening to the affected areas of the skin. If needed, Dovonex can be applied, once daily for a longer treatment. When used in combination with topical corticosteroids, it can be applied once daily, at a different time of day than the other medication. When used in combination with cyclosporin A or acitretin it can be used twice daily. Wash your hands after applying the medication so that you do not get it on other parts of your body. Avoid getting the medication in your eyes or on your face.

Cautions before Use

The cautions that are to be taken care before usage are as follows:

  • When Dovonex is used with ultraviolet radiation such as some psoriasis treatments use light therapy, there may be an increased risk of developing skin cancer caused by ultraviolet radiation.
  • Try not to apply Dovonex skin cream under skin folds. Applying this medication to skin folds or creases increases the risk of irritation.
  • Dovonex should not be used on any part of the face since this may cause redness, irritation, and itchiness. If any of these skin reactions develop, you should stop using this medication and contact your doctor immediately.
  • Dovonex should not be used during pregnancy or in breast feeding phase.

Dovonex Side Effects

The following side effects have been reported by less number of people who are taking Dovonex. Many of these side effects can be treated by simple medications of healthcare advisors.

  • Burning, dry, irritated, peeling, or red skin
  • Face and Scalp irritation
  • Itching, redness, and swelling of the skin
  • Symptoms of high blood calcium levels
  • Allergic reactions
  • Mental confusion

Reactions and Overdose

Consult your doctor or prescriber about all prescribed drugs and non – prescribed, and herbal medications you are taking. Also, be cautious about any diet supplements you take. Since alcohol or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

Symptoms of an overdose of Dovonex include weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, and high levels of calcium in the blood.


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