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.
Known as Daivonex Ointment,Psorcutan in the UK
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Dovonex Ointment (Calcipotriol)
Dovonex ointment contains calcipotriol. This substance is an artificial form of vitamin D. It is widely used in the growth and development of skin cells. Calcipotriol cream 0.005 is used to treat plaque psoriasis. This is a medical condition that causes red patches on the skin covered by a layer of dead skin cells. They are often painful and tend to bleed. This medicine carries out its function by slowing down the growth of skin cells.
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Use this medication directly onto the skin. Apply a thin layer of the medicine onto the skin and rub it gently into the skin. If you’re using it in ointment form, use once daily. For foam and cream forms of calcipotriol cream 0.005, apply it twice a day. Do not use too frequently as it may lead to serious side effects. Always follow the dosage and directions of your doctor while using any medication.
Dovonex contains calcipotriol 0.005% as well as a synthetic vitamin D3 derivative.
The following need to be taken care of when using calcipotriol 0.005:
There are a few possible side effects of Dovonex ointment. These may include:
More severe side effects that require immediate medical attention are as follows: