Dovonex Solution (Calcipotriol)

Dovonex Solution

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Dovonex Solution, also known as calcipotriene, is a medication used to treat long-term psoriasis of the scalp.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by the rapid growth of skin cells, resulting in red, scaly patches.

Calcipotriene, the active ingredient in Dovonex Solution, is a synthetic form of vitamin D.

The medication works by slowing down the growth of skin cells, reducing the inflammation and scaling associated with psoriasis.

Dovonex Solution is specifically formulated for use on the scalp.


  • Apply Dovonex solution only to the affected areas of your scalp, as directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Before applying, comb your hair to remove any scaly flakes.
  • Apply the prescribed amount and gently rub it in as directed by your healthcare provider, usually twice a day.
  • Be careful not to get the solution on your forehead, face, eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. Rinse thoroughly with water if accidental contact occurs.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the Dovonex solution.
  • Keep the application area clean and dry.
  • Use Dovonex solution regularly at the same times each day for maximum benefit.
  • Inform your healthcare provider if your scalp condition improves or worsens after using the medication.


  • Don't apply Dovonex solution more often or for a longer duration than prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Don't stop using the Dovonex solution without consulting your healthcare provider.
  • Don't apply the solution to broken, infected, or irritated skin.

Common Side Effects (usually mild and improve within days of use):

  • Skin irritation
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Peeling at the application site

Serious Side Effects (Less Common, require attention):

  • Severe or persistent skin irritation
  • Psoriasis worsening
  • Signs of infection: Watch out for increased redness, swelling, or pus drainage from the treated area.
  • Elevated calcium levels
    • Confusion
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Constipation
    • Increased thirst or urination
    • Weight loss

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking a Dovonex solution, contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Disclose any allergies to calcipotriene (the active ingredient) or other medication allergies. Be sure to mention any allergies to inactive ingredients as well.

Inform your healthcare provider about any pre-existing medical conditions, especially high calcium or vitamin D levels.

Dovonex can increase sun sensitivity. Take precautions like:

  • Limiting sun exposure
  • Avoiding tanning booths and sunlamps
  • Using sunscreen and protective clothing outdoors
  • Informing your healthcare provider about sunburn or skin irritation

Consult your healthcare provider about potential limitations on phototherapy (light therapy) while using Dovonex.

Dovonex should only be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding if absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before use in these cases.

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Dovonex Solution

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Other Names:

Psorcutan Scalp Solution

Strength(s): 0.005%
Quantities Available: 30, 60


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The information above for Dovonex Solution (Calcipotriol) was provided to by third parties. In no way should this information substitute for the advice of a physician. Consult a doctor or qualified health care professional if you have any medical concerns. widget logo
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