Dovonex Cream and/or Equivalents
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Dovonex belongs to the class of medicines known as anti-psoriatics. The generic name of the drug in Dovonex Cream is calcipotriene monohydrate. This is a vitamin D3 derivative synthesized artificially. Calciportriene monohydrate is a white crystalline substance. Dovonex Cream is available in the form of a soft white cream. 1 gram of the cream contains 50 micro grams of Calciportriene monohydrate as the active ingredient. The non-medicinal ingredients forming the cream base are cetearyl alcohol, edentate disodium, glycerine, ceteth-20, dichlorobenzyl alcohol, diazolidinyl urea, petrolatum, mineral oil and purified water. Dovonex Cream is available in the market in aluminium tubes containing 60 grams and 120 grams of the medicated cream.
Conditions Treated by Dovonex Cream
Physicians use Dovonex Cream to treat a skin condition called psoriasis vulgaris, commonly known as plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis patients need to apply the cream on the affected areas of the skin. Dovonex contains vitamin D3. This vitamin regulates the growth of skin cells. Psoriasis occurs when there is an uncontrolled and rapid growth of these cells. Due to the abnormal growth of the cells, the skin acquires red and silvery white scaly patches. The drug calciportriene monohydrate in Dovonex works to reduce the production of cells in the skin. The red and white patches begin to reduce after application of the cream.
Dovonex Cream Dosage Information
It is crucial to follow the advice of your physician prescribing the medication for your condition.
a) Typical dosage recommendations
Doctors generally advise the use of Dovonex cream, twice a day. Squeeze the recommended quantity of the cream from the tube on to the effected area and rub in the cream completely in gentle circular motions with your fingers. You can expect to get some relief from the symptoms of psoriasis after 8 weeks of application of the cream. If no change occurs, inform your doctor. He might adjust the dosage.
b) Missing a dose
It is vital to use the medication with regularity for effective treatment. Use the cream at fixed times of the day as advised by your physician. If you forget to put on the cream at the scheduled time, apply it as soon as you remember. However, do not use the cream, if it is almost time for the next application. Maintain your schedule with the following dose.
The exact effects of overdosing on calcipotriene are unknown. However, it is inadvisable to use more than 100 grams of the medication every week. Symptoms of an overdose could include fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting and headache. An overdose could lead to an increased level of calcium in the blood. Regular use of the medication may cause absorption of calciportriene to raise the calcium level, as well. You may get a blood test performed, if advised by your doctor. Stop using the medication until the calcium level becomes normal. If you feel you have overdosed on the medication or have ingested it accidentally, call the local poison control centre.
Dovonex Cream Warnings
Physicians recommend the use of Dovonex Cream for external use on the affected skin only. Do not use the cream on your face. Wash hands thoroughly after use. If the medication encounters an unaffected part of your body, wash the area with warm water. It is important to inform your doctor if you have kidney problems, liver diseases or calcium metabolic disorder. Your doctor might not prescribe the medications, should you have any of these conditions. In addition, inform your doctor if you have any other health issues. If rashes or lesions occur after application of Dovonex Cream, stop using it immediately. Inform your doctor about it. Discuss with your physician if you take ultra violet radiation treatment. He may ask you to restrict your exposure to ultra violet rays or sunlight during the course of the treatment. It is inadvisable to use astringents, harsh soaps and perfumes on the affected area. Sufficient data on the safety of Dovonex Cream for use on pregnant women and nursing mothers is not available. It is important to exercise caution for using this medication on these categories of patients. Clinical studies have not yet established the safety of Dovonex Cream on children or infants. Use the medication on children below twelve, only if the potential benefits offset the possible hazards. Patients over the age of 65 generally respond well to the medication. However, the medication may cause rashes on the skin of older individuals. Store the medication at room temperature in a dry place. Do not refrigerate. Keep the tube out of reach of children or pets. Discard any unused medication after three months of opening the seal. Do not flush it down the toilet. Ask your local pharmacist about proper methods of disposal of unused medication.
Dovonex Cream Side Effects
Most individuals do not have any serious side effects. Few people may develop itching, burning, irritation, mild rashes, increased dry skin, and peeling of the skin in and around the affected area. If you experience any of these problems, let your physician know. He may change the dosage or the medication altogether. Other serious adverse effects may occur. These include discolouration or thinning of the skin, folliculitis (hair bumps), unusual fatigue, mood changes, depression, constipation and stretch marks. These effects are quite rare. The list of side effects is not complete. Notify your doctor, if you develop any unusual problem. A very serious side effect can be an allergic reaction to either the drug or any of the inactive ingredients used in the medication. Signs of an allergic reaction include rashes or hives on the skin (especially on the face), swelling of the lips, tongue, throat or face and difficulty in breathing. Since an allergic reaction can be fatal and may cause death by constriction of the air passages, it is vital to take immediate action, should you notice any of the above symptoms. Visit the emergency center directly.
Dovonex Cream Drug Interactions
Sufficient clinical data is not available to show if calcipotriene monohydrate interacts with other drugs. It is important to inform your doctor about any medication you might be having. It is not advisable to take supplements, particularly products containing vitamin D without your doctor's knowledge. Do not use any other medication in combination with Dovonex Cream on the affected area without consulting your doctor.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.