Dovonex Ointment (Calcipotriene)

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What is Dovonex Ointment (Calcipotriene) prescribed for?

Dovonex is a man made form of vitamin D. It helps in the involvement of the growth and development of skin cells. Dovonex is used as a treatment against plaque psoriasis, which is a long term skin disease which allows skin cells to grow at a faster rate.  In turn, this abnormal growth causes a buildup of cells that come to the surface of the skin, and create red, raised patches of skin with silver colored scales. This medication, Dovonex, works by abating the growth of the skin cells, which in turn reduces the growth of the scales.

This medication comes in the singular strength of 0.005%, and it is known as Psorcutan on a international level. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is to be applied to the skin only. To use, apply a thin layer of the medication onto the affected area and then gently rub into the skin. This is usually to be done once or twice a day, or as your doctor has prescribed.

Make sure to wash your hands after use.  Do not apply the medication to the face, nose, eyes, or in mouth. If you do get this medication in those areas make sure to flush thoroughly. And make sure to not apply this mediation more often or longer then what has been prescribed to you, since it may increase the risk of side effects.  

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Calcipotriene; or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: high calcium/vitamin D levels (hypercalcemia/hypervitaminosis D).

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Your doctor may direct you to limit or avoid phototherapy while you use this product. Ask your doctor for details.

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; Burning, itching, rash, irritation, redness, dry skin, or peeling at the application site. It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

However, seek medical attention right away if you are experiencing any of the following; skin thinning/discoloration, stretch marks, "hair bumps" (folliculitis), unusual tiredness, mental/mood changes, unexplained constipation.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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