Dovonex Ointment Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Dovonex (calcipotriene) is used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches). It is a synthetic topical (for the skin) form of vitamin D. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include burning, itching, rash, irritation, redness, dry skin, or peeling at the application site.
Apply a thin layer of Dovonex ointment in a once or twice daily dose and rub in gently and completely. Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area you are treating. Other medicines, especially other topical medicines, may interact with Dovonex topical. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or supplements you use. During pregnancy, Dovonex should be used only when prescribed. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Dovonex (calcipotriene) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Dovonex Ointment in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Serious side effects are very rare. Stop using calcipotriene topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).
You may experience some irritation of the skin, such as burning, itching, redness, swelling, dryness, or peeling while you are using calcipotriene topical. These side effects sometimes lessen with continued treatment. Notify your doctor if you experience these side effects.
If you notice a change in your skin color, contact your doctor.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Dovonex Ointment Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: skin thinning/discoloration, stretch marks, "hair bumps" (folliculitis), unusual tiredness, mental/mood changes, unexplained constipation.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Dovonex Ointment FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In controlled clinical trials, the most frequent adverse reactions reported for Dovonex® (calcipotriene ointment) were burning, itching and skin irritation, which occurred in approximately 10-15% of patients. Erythema, dry skin, peeling, rash, dermatitis, worsening of psoriasis including development of facial/scalp psoriasis were reported in 1 to 10% of patients. Other experiences reported in less than 1% of patients included skin atrophy, hyperpigmentation, hypercalcemia, and folliculitis. Once daily dosing has not been shown to be superior in safety to twice daily dosing.
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