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No generic medication is available for Dovonex Ointment (Calcipotriene)
What Dovonex Ointment is and what it is used for
Dovonex® contains the active substance calcipotriol. Dovonex® belongs to a group of medicines called anti-psoriatics. It is a type of vitamin D. Vitamin D controls how the cells in your skin grow. If the cells in your skin grow too much you may get psoriasis. Psoriasis is a condition where your skin develops raised red patches and silver coloured scaly patches. The scaly patches are dead cells that would normally fall off your skin without you noticing. Dovonex® works by reducing the amount of cells your skin makes. This means your skin symptoms will reduce too. These diagrams explain how your skin may improve when you use this medicine. Black % 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 15 After about two weeks you may see a change in your skin. The scaly or flaky patches usually clear up first. They will feel smoother. Your skin before treatment. Black % 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 15 Black % 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 15 The redness of the skin will start to clear up next. It may clear up in the centre first. Patch flatter Patch of psoriasis Normal skin Dovonex® is used to treat:
• Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris)
How to take Dovonex Ointment
Always use Dovonex® exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. How to put on Dovonex® This medicine is only for using on your skin or the skin of a child. Do not swallow it. Do not put it inside your body. Never put this medicine on your face or the face of your child as it may cause irritation. Do not mix Dovonex® with any other medicines. Remove the cap. Check the seal is not broken before you first use the ointment. If you have a 240 gram tube, remove the foil seal on the tube. * If you have a 15 gram, 30 gram, 60 gram, 100 gram or 120 gram tube, you will need to break the seal by using the point in the back of the cap.* Always wash your hands before using Dovonex®. Put your medicine on the skin which has the psoriasis. You can squeeze your medicine on to your skin directly. You can squeeze it on to your finger first if you wish. Put your medicine on thickly. Then rub it in gently to cover the psoriasis. Always wash your hands after using Dovonex®. This will stop any medicine accidentally spreading to other parts of your body. Do not worry if you accidentally get any ointment on your normal skin, but wash it off if it spreads too far. Unless you are using the ointment to treat your hands, always wash your hands after using Dovonex®. You should try to keep your skin well moisturised particularly after a bath or shower. If you use a moisturiser wait for it to soak in before you use your medicine. How much Dovonex® to use Your doctor will tell you how much Dovonex® to use, or give to your child. For the best results you should use Dovonex® twice each day. If you are an adult, your doctor may suggest you use the medicine once a day. If you use it twice a day, use it in the morning and in the evening. To remind you to use your medicine it may help to use it when you do another regular action, such as brushing your teeth. Adults: Your dose will depend on how bad your psoriasis is. Your doctor will prescribe the dose that is right for you. Use the medicine once or twice each day. Follow the advice of your doctor. Do not use more than 100 grams each week. Children and adolescents: The dose will depend on how bad the psoriasis is. Your doctor will prescribe the dose that is right for your child.
• Children over 12 years old: Use the medicine twice each day. Do not use more than 75 grams each week.
• Children between 6 and 12 years old: Use the medicine twice each day. Do not use more than 50 grams each week.
• Children under 6 years old: Do not use on children under 6 years of age If you use more Dovonex® than you should Tell your doctor straight away. You may get too much calcium in your blood. Please read sections 2 and 4 of this leaflet so you can spot any signs that this may be happening to you. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking your medicine until the amount of calcium in your blood goes back to normal. If you forget to use Dovonex® If you forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you remember. Then next use your medicine at the usual time. If you have any further questions about taking this medicine, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Dovonex® can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Important side effects to look out for: You must get urgent medical help if you have any of the following symptoms. You may be having an allergic reaction:
• You have difficulty breathing
• Your face including around your eyes swell
• Your skin develops a severe rash, particularly if the skin is blistering or bleeding You should tell your doctor straight away if you spot any of the following signs which may be due to too much calcium in your blood or urine:
• You need to pass water (urine) more often
• You feel thirsty or have lost your appetite
• You have a dry mouth or a metallic taste in your mouth
• You feel weak or have pain in your muscles or bones
• You have a headache or pain in your stomach
• You feel sick or have constipation Other possible side effects: The possible side effects in the following section of this leaflet are usually mild.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Skin irritation
• Worsening of your psoriasis
• Flaking skin
• Burning or stinging feeling
• Itchy rash and skin inflammation in the area where the medicine is used
• Itching skin
• Pain in the area where the medicine is used
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Folliculitis (infection in the hair follicle)
• Red, itchy, scaly rash. Blisters may form. These may weep or become crusty (eczema).
• Dry skin
• Changes in skin colour where the medicine is used
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
• Hypersensitivity (allergic reaction)
• Hypercalcaemia (too much calcium in the blood)
• Temporary increased sensitivity to sunlight
• Skin swelling or puffiness (oedema)
• Itchy raised rash (hives)
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis (such as dandruff or cradle cap)
• Hypercalciuria (too much calcium in the urine)
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Dovonex Ointment
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Dovonex® ointment after the expiry date on the tube and carton (EXP). The expiry date is the last day of that month.
• The tube should be discarded 6 months after first opening. Write the date you first opened the tube in the space provided on the carton.
• Do not store above 25°C. Medicines should not be thrown away in waste water or in household waste. Please ask your pharmacist how to throw away any medicine you do not need anymore. If you do this you will help protect the environment.
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