Dovonex is a medicine that’s used to treat patients with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which too many skin cells are produced in certain parts of the body. As a result, red scales are created. Dovonex belongs to a group of medications known as synthetic vitamin D3 derivatives. What these medications are able to do is slow down the rate at which skin cells are produced.
Dovonex comes in the form of an ointment, one that a person with psoriasis will apply to his or her affected areas of skin. The chemical substance it contains is called calcipotriene. What you'll need to do is apply this cream to the skin every day, most likely two times per day. You should try to keep the times at which you apply Dovonex consistent. Also, you might also be able to get this medicine in liquid form, to make it easier to apply to your scalp if that’s where your psoriasis is. It can take up to eight weeks to see these scaly patches clear up, although some patients report major improvement in as short as two weeks’ time. Be aware, however, that this medication is not a cure for psoriasis. Instead, it’s a tool for managing the effects of this condition.
Using this kind of cream is relatively simple. You’ll first want to wash your face, and then use your finger to scoop some of the cream from its container. Apply it to the scaly patch of skin in a thin layer, and then gently rub it in until you can no longer see the cream. You must take care not to get this cream in your eyes, or anywhere on your face for that matter. Finally, you should wash your hands again. To apply Dovonex solution to your hair, you need to wash your hands first, and then comb any loose scales or flakes out of your hair. Part your hair to expose the patches of psoriasis-afflicted skin, and then rub the solution into those areas. Keep the solution off of your face and away from your eyes while doing so. Finally, once again you’ll want to wash your hands.
Dovonex is a relatively mild kind of medication, and it’s unusual for anyone who uses it to experience serious side effects, unless of course someone is allergic to calcipotriene. Signs of an allergic reaction include the throat closing, the lips swelling, the skin breaking out in hives, or a difficulty with breathing. A person having such an allergic reaction would need to go to the emergency room immediately. Otherwise, if a patient using Dovonex does have any side effects, they tend to be mild, such as swelling, dry or irritated skin, or burning sensations after usage. Be aware, however, that you may not be able to use this kind of medicine if you have high levels of either vitamin D or calcium in your system.
A person who is taking Dovonex will be more sensitive to sunlight (which is often the case with skin medications, particularly topical skin medications). With that in mind, you should avoid tanning beds and sunlamps altogether for the entire duration you’re taking Dovonex. You should limit your time outdoors, too. And when you do have to go outside, you need to use sunblock and as many protective clothes as you can. You may even find you need to strengthen the sunblock you use; sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher would be preferable.
Be careful when you store and use Dovonex because it is a flammable material. Never apply this medication while you are smoking and never place it anywhere near an open flame.