A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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.
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:
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.
Common adverse reactions may include:
Dovonex [package insert]. Dublin, Ireland: LEO Laboratories; 2015.