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One of the medications used to treat plaque psoriasis is Dovonex, a prescription drug that comes in liquid, cream, and ointment forms. It is applied to the affected area twice daily, but should never be applied to the face. There is only one standard dose. While most people have no problems with this product, side effects are possible, such as tingling, burning, and skin irritation.

What Is Dovonex?

Dovonex® (calcipotriene) is a prescription medication approved for treating plaque psoriasis. It comes in the form of a cream, an ointment, and a solution (liquid). The liquid form is usually used on the scalp.
 
(Click Dovonex Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes Dovonex?

Brand-name Dovonex is made by LEO Laboratories, Ltd., for Warner Chilcott (US), LLC.
 

How Does It Work?

Dovonex is a synthetic form of vitamin D. It is not entirely clear how this product works to treat psoriasis.
 

When and How to Take Dovonex

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Dovonex include the following:
 
  • This medication is usually applied once or twice daily to the affected areas. Be sure to rub it in gently.
     
  • Keep the medicine away from the eyes, especially when using the liquid form, which can drip.
     
  • It should not be applied to the face.
     
  • Wash your hands after applying this product, unless you are treating your hands.
     
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure on areas of the body where the medicine has been applied.
     
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     
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