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Updated on 26 Mar 2024

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About Dovonex

Dovonex contains calcipotriol, (a man made form of calcitriol which is a form of vitamin D) as the active ingredient. Dovonex is used for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis.

Psoriasis is caused by the overproduction of skin cells which form dry scaly patches, that can become irritated and itchy. Dovonex helps the skin to return back to normal skin growth, reducing skin irritation and providing relief.

Dovonex ointment is available with a prescription. NowPatient offers Dovonex or the generic version calcipotriol as treatments for psoriasis only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Dovonex

  • For the treatment of psoriasis
  • Dovonex can take up to 2 weeks to show an effect on the skin
  • Dovonex has some common side effects which include dermatitis
  • It can be dangerous if you use Dovonex with certain medications such as calcium supplements. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician
  • Dovonex does not contain a corticosteroid
  • Dovonex is flammable, so do not smoke or get too close to flames when using it

Who is Dovonex not suitable for?

Dovonex may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before using if you:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to the active ingredient calcipotriol, or any of the inactive ingredients such as disodium phosphate dihydrate, disodium edetate, all-rac-α-tocopherol, liquid paraffin, propylene glycol, macrogol (2) stearyl ether, and white soft paraffin
  • Have liver or kidney problems
  • Are having ultraviolet light treatment for a skin condition
  • Are suffering from guttate, exfoliative, erythrodermic or pustular psoriasis

How and where to get Dovonex ointment?

Dovonex is available with a prescription only. It is not available over the counter at a pharmacy.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy Dovonex ointment directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of psoriasis, you can discuss if Dovonex is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for Dovonex for psoriasis

Dovonex is available as a 50 micrograms per gram ointment when used for psoriasis.

Information about how to use Dovonex for psoriasis

Wash your hands before applying Dovonex. If your skin is particularly dry, apply a moisturiser before using Dovonex. Apply a thin layer of Dovonex once or twice per day to the affected area of skin.

Avoid excessive exposure to artificial sunlight when using Dovonex as the treated areas may receive too much vitamin D, making your symptoms worse. Also, read the patient information leaflet provided with your Dovonex, or speak to a healthcare professional for further medical advice.

What happens if you use too much Dovonex?

If you use more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Dovonex and you experience any of the following side effects.

What are the side effects of Dovonex?

Side effects of Dovonex are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Worsening of your psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Redness
  • Burning feeling
  • Itchy rash, pain and skin inflammation

Serious side effects include:

  • Hypercalcemia (increased blood calcium levels) – decreased appetite, increased thirst, serious pain in your muscles or stomach, metallic taste, nausea, and constipation

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using Dovonex at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Dovonex. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can Dovonex used for psoriasis be used long term?

Dovonex may take up to 2 weeks to have an effect on your skin. Speak to your doctor if you do not see any improvements after 2 weeks.

Is there a herbal Dovonex?

No. Herbal Dovonex does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Dovonex?

Women can use Dovonex for the treatment of psoriasis, and it is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. You are however, advised not to use on breast skin as it could affect breast milk.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when using Dovonex?

You can eat and drink normally when using Dovonex.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with psoriasis?

Modify your lifestyle in a number of ways. This may have a positive impact on your psoriasis.

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce illnesses, especially strep infections
  • Avoid skin injury
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid certain foods
  • Use moisturisers and emollients to prevent flare-ups
  • Take antihistamines to ease the itching

Alternatives to Dovonex

Alternatives for the treatment of psoriasis include Dermovate and Fucibet. If you are suffering from scalp psoriasis, treatments include Betacap and Diprosalic scalp application.


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