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Dovonex

Generic Name: calcipotriene topical (KAL si poe TRYE een)
Brand Names: Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux
Dovonex (calcipotriene) is a synthetic form of vitamin D used to treat plaque psoriasis. Includes Dovonex side effects, interactions and indications.

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Drug Information:
Dovonex (calcipotriene) is a man-made form of Vitamin D. It is involved in the growth and development of skin cells. Dovonex is used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches). Dovonex may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Dovonex if you have high levels of Calcium or Vitamin D in your body. Before using Dovonex, tell your doctor if you are receiving photoTherapy (light treatments) for your psoriasis. Avoid getting this medication on your face or in your eyes, mouth, or vagina. If this does happen, rinse with water. Do not use Dovonex to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Do not share this medication with other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. Learn more

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Dovonex Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about calcipotriene topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Dovonex.

In Summary

Common side effects of Dovonex include: skin irritation. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to calcipotriene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical ointment, topical solution

Along with its needed effects, calcipotriene topical (the active ingredient contained in Dovonex) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking calcipotriene topical:

More common

  • Skin redness, swelling, or itching
  • skin rash
  • worsening of psoriasis

Some side effects of calcipotriene topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Burning, dryness, irritation, peeling, or redness of the skin

Less common

  • Pain at the application site

Less common or rare

  • Darker color in the treated areas of the skin
  • pus in the hair follicles

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to calcipotriene topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical ointment, topical solution

General

The most commonly reported side effects were burning, stinging, tingling, and skin irritation.

Hypersensitivity

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Allergic reactions (including angioedema)

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Transient burning (about 23%), stinging (about 23%), tingling (about 23%), skin irritation (up to 15%), rash (11%)

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, dermatitis, contact dermatitis (including facial and perioral), dry skin, irritation, worsening of psoriasis, erythema, peeling

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Skin atrophy, hyperpigmentation, folliculitis, eczema

Frequency not reported: Transient changes in skin pigmentation, transient photosensitivity, urticaria, angioedema, skin exfoliation

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypercalcemia

Rare (less than 0.1%): Transient increases in serum calcium

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypercalcemia, hypercalciuria (especially if the total recommended dose is exceeded)

Local

Very common (10% or more): Lesional/perilesional irritation (up to 39%), face and/or scalp irritation (up to 25%)

Other

Frequency not reported: Periorbital or face edema

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Dovonex (www.drugs.com/dovonex.html).