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Brand Names: Dovonex

Generic Name: calcipotriene topical (Pronunciation: cal sih poh TRY een)

What is calcipotriene topical (Dovonex)?

Calcipotriene is a synthetic topical form of vitamin D. It is involved in the growth and development of skin cells.

Calcipotriene topical is used to treat plaque psoriasis (psoriasis with scaly patches).

Calcipotriene topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of calcipotriene topical (Dovonex)?

Serious side effects are very rare. Stop using calcipotriene topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

You may experience some irritation of the skin, such as burning, itching, redness, swelling, dryness, or peeling while you are using calcipotriene topical. These side effects sometimes lessen with continued treatment. Notify your doctor if you experience these side effects.

If you notice a change in your skin color, contact your doctor.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about calcipotriene topical (Dovonex)?

Use calcipotriene topical only on affected patches of the skin. Do not use calcipotriene topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on an open wound.

Avoid abrasive, harsh, or drying soaps and cleansers while using calcipotriene topical.

Do not use more than 100 grams of calcipotriene in a week.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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