Dovonex Cream (Calcipotriol)

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    Dovonex is a prescription cream that your doctor may prescribe to treat plaque psoriasis. This medication is usually prescribed by a dermatologist or other specialists specifically trained in treating skin disorders.

    Psoriasis is a skin disease where a person develops red, scaly, and itchy patches. The patches most commonly appear on the trunk, scalp, elbows, and knees. There are different types of psoriasis, and plaque psoriasis is the most common.

    Symptoms of plaque psoriasis can include dry and scaly lesions that are often covered with silvery scales. The patches are usually itchy and tender.

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    US DailyMed


    5 to 6%

    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    Less than 10 min

    Dosage (Strength)



    Consult Doctor


    Dovonex Cream

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    Topical administration


    Dovonex cream is usually applied to the skin twice daily as directed by the healthcare provider.

    Wash and dry your hands before and after applying Dovonex.

    Do not apply this medication at the same time as other topical medications.


    The active ingredient in Dovonex is calcipotriene.

    Inactive ingredients include cetearyl alcohol, ceteth-20, diazolidinyl urea, dichlorobenzyl alcohol,

    dibasic sodium phosphate, edetate disodium, dl-alpha tocopherol, glycerin, mineral oil, petrolatum, and water.


    Drug-drug interactions with this medication include:

    • Calcium salts
    • Chlorthalidone
    • Digoxin
    • Hydrochlorothiazide
    • Lactic acid
    • Multivitamins
    • Salicylic acid
    • Sucralfate
    • Thiazide
    • Topical hydrocortisone
    • Vitamin D analogs


    Dovonex cream may worsen certain types of dermatitis.

    Dovonex cream may increase the amount of calcium in your body. Your doctor should periodically check for increases.

    Stop Dovonex cream if irritation occurs around the application site.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions may include:

    • Allergic contact dermatitis
    • Application site pain
    • Application site reaction
    • Burning sensation of skin
    • Dermatitis
    • Desquamation
    • Erythema of skin
    • Exacerbation of psoriasis
    • Folliculitis
    • Hypercalcemia
    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Pruritus 
    • Psoriasis
    • Skin atrophy
    • Skin irritation
    • Skin rash
    • Stinging of the skin
    • Tingling of skin
    • Xeroderma


    Dovonex [package insert]. Dublin, Ireland: LEO Laboratories; 2015.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Dovonex Cream (Calcipotriol)

    What is Dovonex Cream (Calcipotriol)?

    Dovonex Cream is a topical medication that contains the active ingredient calcipotriol. It is used to treat certain skin conditions, particularly psoriasis.

    What skin conditions does Dovonex Cream treat?

    Dovonex Cream is primarily prescribed for the treatment of psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches. It can help reduce the symptoms of psoriasis by slowing down the growth of skin cells.

    How does Dovonex Cream work?

    Dovonex Cream works by controlling the excessive growth of skin cells and reducing inflammation associated with psoriasis. It affects the way skin cells behave and helps alleviate the symptoms of this condition.

    Is Dovonex Cream available over the counter (OTC)?

    No, Dovonex Cream is not available over the counter. It is a prescription medication, which means you need a doctor's prescription to obtain it.

    Are there any potential side effects of using Dovonex Cream?

    Like any medication, Dovonex Cream may have side effects. Common side effects include skin irritation, burning, itching, and dryness at the application site. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. However, if you experience severe or persistent side effects, consult your healthcare provider.

    How should I apply Dovonex Cream?

    Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Generally, you should apply a thin layer of Dovonex Cream to the affected areas of your skin once or twice daily. Gently rub it in until it is absorbed. Wash your hands after application, unless you are treating psoriasis on your hands.

    Can I use Dovonex Cream during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

    It is essential to consult your healthcare provider before using Dovonex Cream during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. They can assess the risks and benefits and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

    How long does it take to see results with Dovonex Cream?

    The time it takes to see improvement can vary from person to person. Some individuals may notice positive effects within a few weeks, while others may require several weeks of consistent use. It's important to follow your doctor's recommended treatment plan and be patient.

    Can I use other skincare products alongside Dovonex Cream?

    You should consult your doctor before using other skincare products alongside Dovonex Cream. Some products may interact with Dovonex or affect its effectiveness.

    Can Dovonex Cream be used on the face?

    Dovonex Cream is typically not recommended for use on the face unless specifically prescribed by your doctor. Facial skin is more sensitive, and there may be other treatments better suited for facial psoriasis.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1492

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