Generic Name: calcipotriene, Topical cream

Dovonex

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Highlights for calcipotriene

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CALCIPOTRIENE (kal si poe TRYE een) is a form of vitamin D that is used on the skin to treat plaque psoriasis. This medicine is not a cure. It helps reduce the redness, thickness, and scaling that occur with psoriasis.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Topical ointmentTopical foamTopical Solution
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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calcipotriene Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • constipation
  • depression
  • increased thirst
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusually weak or tired
  • worsening of psoriasis

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry peeling skin
  • increased sensitivity to the sun
  • skin irritation, itching, or stinging
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calcipotriene May Interact with Other Medications

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  • calcium supplements
  • vitamin D
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use calcipotriene

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This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not apply this medicine to your face, eyes or genital regions. If you do get this medicine in your eyes, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • getting light therapy for psoriasis
  • high level of calcium in the blood or urine
  • high level of vitamin D in the blood
  • kidney stones
  • sunburn
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to calcipotriene, vitamin D, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

The foam is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, or smoking during and right after you apply the foam to your skin.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Calcipotriene foam is flammable and should be kept away from fire and heat. Do not puncture or throw the can into a fire, even if the can is empty.

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