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Dovonex Ointment Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What are the possible side effects of calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What is the most important information I should know about calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- How should I use calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What happens if I overdose (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What should I avoid while using calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- What other drugs will affect calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
You should not use calcipotriene topical if you are allergic to it, or if you have high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia).
To make sure you can safely take calcipotriene topical, tell your doctor if you are receiving phototherapy (light treatments) for your psoriasis.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether calcipotriene topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether calcipotriene topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not apply calcipotriene topical to your chest area if you are breast-feeding.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I use calcipotriene topical (Dovonex Ointment)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Calcipotriene topical is usually applied once or twice a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not use calcipotriene topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Do not share this medication with other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medication, unless you are using it to treat a hand condition.
Clean and dry the area of skin where you will apply calcipotriene topical. Apply the medication only to the affected area.
Shake the foam (Sorilux) well just before you measure a dose.
It may take up to 2 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 8 weeks of treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not keep in a refrigerator or freezer.
Calcipotriene topical foam and solution are flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the medicine has completely dried on your skin. Keep the medicine canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.
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