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In clinical trials, common side effects seen with Dovonex included a worsening of psoriasis, skin irritation, and rash. In most cases, however, people tolerate this medication well, and side effects, if they even occur, are easily treated. Signs of a potentially serious reaction to the medication include wheezing, lethargy, confusion, and vomiting.

An Introduction to Dovonex Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Dovonex® (calcipotriene). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible Dovonex side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Dovonex

Dovonex has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully recorded. Based on this information, the most common side effects of Dovonex cream or ointment included:
  • Skin irritation -- in 10 to 15 percent of people
  • Rash, itching, or worsening of psoriasis -- 1 to 10 percent.
For Dovonex solution (liquid), the most common side effects included:
  • Temporary burning, tingling, and stinging -- in up to 23 percent of people
  • Rash -- up to 11 percent
  • Dry skin, irritation, or worsening of psoriasis -- up to 1 to 5 percent.
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