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Adeel Arshad

Authored on 24 January 2024 by Adeel Arshad,

Reviewed 24 January 2024 by Dr Ruch Karunadasa.

Dovonex Ointment

Cream medication

Dovonex (calcipotriol) Ointment is used in the treatment of plaque psoriasis vulgaris which is likely to, or in the past has responded to, topical therapy.

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Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it. PrivateDoc offers a confidential free consultation service that may result in you receiving a prescription for Dovonex Ointment if it is deemed appropriate and Dovonex Ointment can be prescribed safely.

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Each 1 gram of ointment contains –

Calcipotriol 50micrograms

A full list of non-active ingredients (excipients) can be found by clicking here to access the patient information leaflet.

How much does Dovonex Ointment cost?

Dovonex Ointment medication pack

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What conditions can Dovonex Ointment be used for

Dovonex Ointment is used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) which is likely to respond to topical treatment.

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How to use

Dovonex Ointment should be used in accordance with your prescriber’s instructions. Calcipotriol helps to reduce the rate at which your skin cells reproduce, which is the main cause of psoriasis vulgaris.

The recommended dosage is –

  • ADULTS – apply once or twice daily to the affected area (for optimal benefit, the ointment should be used twice daily). Maximum weekly amount should not exceed 100g.
  • CHILDREN (over 12 years old) – Apply twice daily to the affected area. Maximum weekly amount should not exceed 75g.
  • CHILDREN (6-12 years old) – Apply twice daily to the affected area. Maximum weekly amount should not exceed 50g.
  • CHILDREN (under 6 years old) – limited data available. Maximum safe dose has not been established.

Please refer to the summary of product characteristics by clicking here for a full explanation of the different doses.

Who cannot use Dovonex Ointment

Dovonex Ointment should not be used by anyone who has had a hypersensitivity reaction to either the active ingredients or any of the excipients.

Dovonex Ointment should be avoided in any patient with a known calcium metabolism disorder.

A full list of contraindications and cautions is available by clicking here to access the full summary of product characteristics.

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Pregnancy and breastfeeding

The safety profile of topical calcipotriol in humans during pregnancy has not been established. Orally administered treatment to animals during pregnancy showed levels of toxicity. Calcipotriol should not be used in pregnancy unless absolutely necessary.

There is no data to state whether calcipotriol is excreted into breast milk. Caution should be used when prescribing Dovonex Ointment to breast feeding mothers. If prescribed, the mother should be advised not to apply the ointment to the breasts.

A full list of contraindications and cautions can be accessed by clicking here for the summary of product characteristics.

Side effects

Dovonex Ointment is generally well tolerated, but as is the case with all medication, a minority of patients may experience side effects from using the drug.

Side effects can include –

  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Skin irritation (rash, dry skin, burning sensation, etc.)

A more complete list of side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet.

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