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DOVONEX DRUG INFORMATION


COMMON BRAND NAME: DOVONEX®

DOVONEX USES

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:

  • Topical Cream ( U.S. and Canada)
  • Solution ( U.S. and Canada)
  • Ointment ( U.S. and Canada)

HOW TO USE DOVONEX

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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:

  • Apply enough medicine to cover the areas of your skin affected by psoriasis. Gently rub it in well. After the medicine is applied, do not cover the treated areas, for instance, with a bandage or plastic wrap.

  • If you are being treated with Dovonex (calcipotriene) ointment in combination with ultraviolet light (found in some special lamps or sunlight), do not apply the morning dose of before being treated with the ultraviolet light. It can be applied afterward treatment.

For solution form:

  • Before applying Dovonex (calcipotriene) to your scalp, comb your dry hair to remove any flakes. Part your hair to be able to see the scalp lesions. Apply the solution to the lesions. Rub in gently but completely. Do not apply if the lesions are very irritated. The alcohol in this product may make the irritation worse.

  • Try not to get any of the solution on your forehead.

DOVONEX PRECAUTIONS

OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS

Other medical problems may affect the use of Dovonex (calcipotriene). Tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Highly irritated areas of psoriasis on your scalp. Dovonex (calcipotriene) topical solution may increase skin irritation because there is alcohol in the product

  • Hypercalcemia (high blood levels of calcium).

  • Hypercalciuria (high urine levels of calcium).

  • IMPORTANT NOTE:

    This information is intended only to supplement the expertise and judgment of your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is appropriate, effective or safe for you. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider before this medicine is used
  • Hypervitaminosis D (high blood levels of vitamin D). Dovonex (calcipotriene) may increase the chance of kidney stone formation

  • Kidney stones (or history of them)— Dovonex (calcipotriene) may make this condition worse

ALLERGIES:

Tell your doctor if you:

  • have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Dovonex (calcipotriene) or to the other ingredients, which you may find listed on the label.

  • you are allergic to any other substances, like foods, preservatives, or dyes.

CHILDREN:

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.

OLDER ADULTS:

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.

NOTES

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:

MORE COMMON

  • skin rash
  • redness and swelling of skin with itching
  • worsening of the psoriasis, including spreading to your face or scalp 

RARE: For ointment form only

  • abdominal or stomach pain
  • constipation
  • depression
  • itching, burning, and pain in hairy areas
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • thirst
  • tiring easily
  • pus in the hair follicles
  • weakness, thinning, or wasting away of skin 
  • weight loss

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:

MORE COMMON:

  • dryness, burning, irritation, peeling or redness of your skin.

LESS COMMON OR RARE for cream and ointment dosage forms only:

  • darkening of treated areas of skin

If you notice any other Dovonex side effects not listed here, check with your doctor.

DOVONEX DOSAGE

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.

  • For topical dosage form (cream):

    • For psoriasis:
      • Adults:  Apply to the affected area(s) of your skin 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening. Treatment may be continued for six to eight weeks or as determined by your physician.

      • Children:  Use and dose must be determined by your physician.

  • For topical dosage form (ointment):

    • For psoriasis:
      • Adults:  Apply to the affected area(s) of your skin 1 or 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening. Treatment may be continued for 6 to 8 weeks or as determined by your physician.

      • Children:  Use and dose must be determined by your physician.

  • For topical dosage form (solution):

    • For psoriasis:
      • Adults:  Apply to the affected area(s) of your scalp 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening. Treatment may be continued for 6 to 8 weeks or as determined by your physician.

      • Children:   Use and dose must be determined by your physician.

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.

STORAGE

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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