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DOVONEX DRUG INFORMATION
COMMON BRAND NAME: DOVONEX®
Dovonex (calcipotriene) is used to treat psoriasis. It works by controlling the overproduction of skin cells in the areas affected by psoriasis.
Dovonex (calcipotriene) is available only with a doctor's prescription in these dosage forms:
HOW TO USE DOVONEX
Dovonex (calcipotriene) is for external use only. Do not use it orally and do not apply it in your vagina. Use Dovonex (calcipotriene) only as directed. Do not use more of it. Do not use it more often. Do not use it for a longer time than prescribed. If you do, you may increase the chance of side effects.
To help completely clear up your skin problem, it is important that you keep using Dovonex (calcipotriene) for the full time of treatment. Do not skip any doses.
Do not use Dovonex (calcipotriene) on your face, near your eyes, inside your nose or mouth, or on unaffected areas of your skin. If you accidentally get some on these areas, wash it off with water immediately.
Use Dovonex (calcipotriene) sparingly in the folds of your skin because it is more likely to cause irritation in those areas.
Wash your hands after using Dovonex (calcipotriene) to avoid accidentally getting it on your face or on unaffected areas of your skin.
Do not use this medicine to treat skin problems other than the one for which it was prescribed by your physician.
For cream and ointment forms:
For solution form:
OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS
Other medical problems may affect the use of Dovonex (calcipotriene). Tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Tell your doctor if you:
Dovonex (calcipotriene) has been tested in a limited number of children 2 to 14 years of age who have psoriasis on less than 30% of their body. When used for 8 weeks or less, it has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults. More studies are needed, however.
Skin-related side effects caused by Dovonex (calcipotriene) may be more severe when they occur in patients over the age of 65.
DOVONEX DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Although certain medicines should never be used together, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your physician may want to change your dose. Other precautions may also be necessary. Tell your physician if you are taking or using any other prescription or nonprescription medicine.
DOVONEX and PREGNANCY
Dovonex (calcipotriene) has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that this medication taken in high doses by mouth causes problems in the mother and the fetus, including birth defects. Before using Dovonex (calcipotriene), tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
DOVONEX and BREAST FEEDING
It is not known whether Dovonex (calcipotriene) passes into breast milk. Even though most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, many of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Mothers who are using Dovonex (calcipotriene) and who wish to breast-feed should it with their doctor.
Your doctor may tell you when you can expect to notice an improvement in your condition. This will usually be within 2 to 8 weeks. If your condition has not improved in the expected time or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
DOVONEX SIDE EFFECTS
You may need to see your doctor regularly while using Dovonex (calcipotriene) so that your doctor can check for any side effects. He or she will especially watch for an increase in the level of calcium in your blood or urine. This may lead to kidney stone formation.
Dovonex (calcipotriene) may cause irritation of the affected area(s) of your skin for a short time after you have applied it. It may also cause irritation of the surrounding normal skin. If this happens, try not to scratch the affected area.
Stop using Dovonex (calcipotriene) and call your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following Dovonex side effects occur:
RARE: For ointment form only
The following Dovonex side affects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medication. However, check with your physician if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
LESS COMMON OR RARE for cream and ointment dosage forms only:
If you notice any other Dovonex side effects not listed here, check with your doctor.
Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, do not use more than 60 milliliters of the topical solution for the scalp in 1 week. Do not use more than 100 grams of Dovonex (calcipotriene) cream or ointment in 1 week (that is, one 100-gram tube or three 30-gram tubes or six 15-gram tubes).
Follow your physician's directions or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average dose of Dovonex (calcipotriene). If your dose is different, do not change it unless your physician tells you to do so.
The length of time you use Dovonex (calcipotriene) depends on the severity of your psoriasis.
MISSED DOVONEX DOSE
If you miss a dose of Dovonex (calcipotriene), apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use double doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from excessive heat and direct light.
Keep Dovonex (calcipotriene) from freezing. Do not refrigerate.
Do not keep medicine after the expiration date or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.
Be sure to keep the topical solution away from open flame.
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