Dovonex Overdose

Although no cases of an overdose with Dovonex have been reported, taking too much of this psoriasis medication is expected to cause symptoms of high levels of calcium in the blood. Such signs can include confusion, vomiting, and muscle aches. Treatment could be as simple as stopping the medication until calcium levels return to normal.

Can You Take Too Much Dovonex?

Dovonex® (calcipotriene) is a prescription medication approved to treat psoriasis. As with most medications, it is probably possible to take too much. The specific effects of a Dovonex overdose could be dangerous, but would vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Dovonex dosage and how it was taken (applied to the skin or taken by mouth).

Effects of an Overdose

The most likely serious effect of an overdose with Dovonex is high blood calcium (known medically as hypercalcemia). Signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia include:
  • Constipation, nausea, or vomiting
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Kidney stones
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain) or side pain
  • Confusion or lethargy
  • Increased thirst and frequent urination.
Serious effects are probably more likely if the medication is taken by mouth, since only a small percentage is absorbed throughout the body when it is applied to the skin. This type of accidental overdose might happen with a pet or a small child.

Treatment for a Dovonex Overdose

The treatment for someone who takes too much Dovonex will vary. In many cases, simply stopping the medication and waiting until blood calcium levels return to normal will be sufficient. The healthcare provider will also make sure the dosage is appropriate before restarting. Blood calcium levels that are dangerously high may need to be treated with medications and IV hydration.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have overdosed on this medication.

Dovonex Medication Information

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