Is Dovonex cream still available?
The manufacturer of calcipotriol cream (Dovonex®) has advised that this product has been discontinued for economic reasons. The Psoriasis Association note that there are no safety or quality concerns. Current supplies of the cream can continue to be dispensed and used.
Is calcipotriene cream over the counter?
No, calcipotriene is not available over-the-counter and requires a prescription from your healthcare provider. There are some more affordable over-the-counter options available for treating psoriasis that may or may not be appropriate for you. Talk to your provider or pharmacist to learn more about these medications.
Do I need a prescription for calcipotriol?
One cannot just buy calcipotriene online in the United States as calcipotriene is a prescription medication that requires a consultation with a medical provider before it can be dispensed by a pharmacy. Because of this, calcipotriene OTC is not available online.
Is calcipotriene the same as calcipotriol?
Calcipotriene (calcipotriol) is a synthetic drug derived from calcitriol otherwise known as vitamin D. It works by regulating the production and growth of skin cells. In the United States, this drug was first marketed under the trade name Dovonex and is used mainly for the treatment of psoriasis.
Can I buy Dovonex over the counter?
Patients with psoriasis will be able to buy Dovonex (calcipotriol) ointment over the counter from pharmacies, following the MHRA’s approval of a pharmacy version of the product.
How long can I use calcipotriol?
A pronounced therapeutic effect is generally seen after a maximum of 4-8 weeks. Therapy can be repeated. Once daily application in combination with topical corticosteroids (e.g. administration of Calcipotriol Ointment 50micrograms/g in the morning and steroid in the evening) is effective and well tolerated.
How quickly does Calcipotriene work?
Calcipotriene controls psoriasis but does not cure it. You may see some improvement in your condition after 2 weeks, but it may take up to 8 weeks before you feel the full benefit of calcipotriene.
What can calcipotriene ointment be used for?
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.
What is calcipotriol ointment used for?
Calcipotriol Ointment 50micrograms/g is indicated for the topical treatment of mild to moderately severe psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris). Calcipotriol Ointment 50micrograms/g should be applied to the affected skin on limbs or trunk once or twice daily.
How quickly does calcipotriene work?
How long can you use Dovonex?
Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 8 weeks of treatment. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not keep in a refrigerator or freezer.
Can you use calcipotriol long-term?
Sometimes calcipotriol is used in combination with a steroid medicine called betamethasone (as in a brand called Dovobet®). It is not recommended that a steroid be used long-term, so this combination is often used for around a month, followed by treatment with calcipotriol alone.