Dovonex is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat plaque psoriasis. Dovonex is also known by its drug name calcipotriene.
Calcipotriene, the active ingredient in Dovonex, is a synthetic form of vitamin D. It is believed that Dovonex works in cases of psoriasis by slowing the growth of skin cells, helping reduce scaly skin and lesions.
How do I take it?
Dovonex is applied topically to the affected areas once or twice a day. Dovonex should not be used on the face. Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when using Dovonex.
Side effects of Dovonex may include irritation, burning, redness, flaking, dry skin, itching, and worsening of psoriasis. Rarely, Dovonex may result in skin atrophy, hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), hypercalcemia, swollen blood vessels in the affected area, and folliculitis (infected or inflamed hair follicles).
Dovonex should not be used if you are or could be pregnant, as it can cause severe fetal harm.
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Dovonex Ointment — RxList