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DOVOBET 50 MICROGRAM/G + 0.5 MG/G GEL

Active substance(s): BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE / CALCIPOTRIOL

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
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Dovobet gel
calcipotriol/betamethasone

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See Section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Dovobet® is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use
Dovobet®
3. How to use Dovobet®
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dovobet®
6. Contents of the pack and other information

If you have scalp psoriasis
• Before applying Dovobet to the scalp, comb
the hair to remove any loose scales. Tilt your
head to make sure Dovobet does not run
onto your face. It may help to part your hair
before you use Dovobet. Apply Dovobet to
the affected area with your fingertips, and rub
it in gently

1. WHAT DOVOBET® IS AND WHAT IT IS
USED FOR

Washing your hair before application of
Dovobet is not necessary.

Dovobet is used as topical treatment of scalp
psoriasis in adults and on the skin of other
body areas to treat mild to moderate plaque
psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) in adults.
Psoriasis is caused by your skin cells being
produced too quickly. This causes redness,
scaling and thickness of your skin.

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As Dovobet contains a strong steroid do NOT
use it on skin affected by
• skin infections caused by viruses (e.g. cold
sores or chicken pox)
• skin infections caused by a fungus
(e.g. athlete’s foot or ringworm)
• skin infections caused by bacteria
• skin infections caused by parasites (e.g. scabies)
• tuberculosis (TB)
• perioral dermatitis (red rash around the mouth)
• thin skin, easily damaged veins, stretch marks
• ichthyosis (dry skin with fish-like scales)
• acne (pimples)
• rosacea (severe flushing or redness of the
skin on the face)
• ulcers or broken skin.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor/nurse/pharmacist before
using Dovobet if
• you are using other medicines that contain
corticosteroids as you may get side effects
• you have used this medicine for a long time
and plan to stop (as there is a risk your
psoriasis will get worse or ‘flare up’ when
steroids are stopped suddenly)
• you have diabetes mellitus (diabetes) as your
blood sugar/glucose level may be affected by
the steroid
• your skin becomes infected as you may need
to stop your treatment
• you have a certain type of psoriasis called
guttate psoriasis.
Special precautions
• Avoid use on more than 30% of your body or
using more than 15 grams per day
• Avoid using under a bathing cap, bandages
or dressings as it increases the absorption of
the steroid
• Avoid use on large areas of damaged skin, on
mucous membranes or in skin folds (groin,
armpits, under breasts) as it increases the
absorption of the steroid
• Avoid use on your face or genitals (sex
organs) as they are very sensitive to steroids
• Avoid excessive sunbathing, excessive use of
solarium and other forms of light treatment.
Children
Dovobet is not recommended for the use in
children below the age of 18 years.
Other medicines and Dovobet
Please tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if
you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.

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Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Dovobet if you are pregnant
(or might be pregnant) or if you are breastfeeding, unless you have agreed it with your
doctor first. If your doctor has agreed that you
can breast-feed, take care and do not apply
Dovobet to the breast area.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
This medicine should not have any effect on
your ability to drive or use machines.
Dovobet contains butylated hydroxytoluene
(E321)
Dovobet contains butylated hydroxytoluene
(E321), which may cause local skin reactions
(e.g. contact dermatitis), or irritation to the
eyes and mucous membranes.

3. HOW TO USE DOVOBET
Always use Dovobet exactly as your doctor
has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How to put on Dovobet: Cutaneous use.
Instructions for proper use
• Use only on your psoriasis and do not use on
skin which does not have psoriasis
• Shake the bottle before use and remove the cap
• Squeeze the gel onto a clean finger or directly
onto the area affected by psoriasis
• Apply Dovobet to the affected area with your
fingertips, and rub it in gently until the area
affected by psoriasis is covered by a thin
layer of gel
• Do not bandage, tightly cover or wrap the
treated skin area
• Wash your hands well after using Dovobet.
This will avoid accidentally spreading the gel
to other parts of your body (especially the
face, mouth and eyes)
• Do not worry if some gel accidentally gets on
normal skin near your psoriasis, but wipe it
off if it spreads too far
• In order to achieve optimal effect, it is
recommended not to take a shower or bath
immediately after application of Dovobet gel
• After applying the gel, avoid contact with
textiles which are easily stained by grease
(e.g. silk).

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Apply a drop of
Dovobet to fingertip.

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Apply directly to scalp
areas where you can
feel the raised plaque
and rub the Dovobet
gel on to the skin.

Depending on the
affected area 1-4 g
(up to 1 teaspoon) is
normally enough.
In order to achieve optimal effect, it is
recommended that the hair is not washed
immediately after application of Dovobet.
Let Dovobet remain on the scalp during the
night or during the day. When washing hair
after application the following instructions
might be useful:

Apply a mild shampoo
to the dry hair,
especially to those
areas where the gel
was applied.

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Leave the shampoo
on the scalp for a
couple of minutes
before washing.

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Wash your hair as
usual.

If necessary, repeat step 4-6 once or twice.
Duration of treatment
• Use the gel once a day. It may be more
convenient to use the gel in the evening
• The normal initial treatment period is 4 weeks
for scalp areas and 8 weeks for non-scalp
areas
• Your doctor may decide on a different
treatment period
• Your doctor may decide on repeated
treatment
• Do not use more than 15 grams in one day.
If you use other calcipotriol containing
medicines, the total amount of calcipotriol
medicines must not exceed 15 grams per day
and the area treated should not exceed 30% of
the total body surface.
What should I expect when I use Dovobet?
Most patients see obvious results after 2
weeks, even if the psoriasis is not yet cleared
at that point.
If you have used more Dovobet than you
should
Contact your doctor if you have used more
than 15 grams in one day.
Excessive use of Dovobet may also cause a
problem with calcium in your blood, which
usually normalises when discontinuing
treatment.
Your doctor may need to carry out blood tests
to check that using too much gel has not
caused a problem with calcium in your blood.
Excessive prolonged use can also cause your
adrenal glands to stop working properly (the
adrenal glands are found near the kidneys and
produce hormones).
If you forget to use Dovobet
Do not take a double dose to make up for
forgotten individual doses.
If you stop using Dovobet
The use of Dovobet should be stopped as
indicated by your doctor. It may be necessary
for you to stop this medicine gradually,
especially if you have used it for a long time.
If you have any further questions about the
use of this medicine, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Dovobet can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious side effects
Tell your doctor/nurse immediately or as soon
as possible if any of the following happens.
You may have to stop your treatment.
The following serious side effects have been
reported for Dovobet
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Worsening of your psoriasis. If your psoriasis
gets worse, tell your doctor as soon as
possible.
Some serious side effects are known to be
caused by betamethasone (a strong steroid),
one of the ingredients in Dovobet. You should
tell your doctor as soon as possible if any of
the serious side effects occur. These side

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Do not use Dovobet
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
calcipotriol, betamethasone or any of the other
ingredients of Dovobet (listed in section 6)
• If you have problems with calcium levels in
your body (ask your doctor)
• If you have certain types of psoriasis: these
are erythrodermic, exfoliative and pustular
(ask your doctor).

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2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE
YOU USE DOVOBET®

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Dovobet contains calcipotriol and
betamethasone. Calcipotriol helps to bring the
rate of skin cell growth back to normal and
betamethasone acts to reduce inflammation.

Shake bottle before
use.

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effects are more likely to happen after longterm use, use in skin folds (e.g. groin, armpits
or under breasts), use under occlusion, or use
on large areas of skin.
The side effects include the following:
• Your adrenal glands may stop working
properly. Signs are tiredness, depression and
anxiety.
• Cataracts (signs are cloudy and foggy vision,
difficulty seeing at night and sensitivity to
light) or an increase in pressure inside the
eye (signs are eye pain, red eye, decreased
or cloudy vision)
• Infections (because your immune system,
which fights infections, may be suppressed
or weakened)
• Pustular psoriasis (a red area with yellowish
pustules usually on the hands or feet). If you
notice this, stop using Dovobet and tell your
doctor as soon as possible
• Impact on the metabolic control of diabetes
mellitus (if you have diabetes you may
experience fluctuations in the blood glucose
levels).
Serious side effects known to be caused by
calcipotriol
• Allergic reactions with deep swelling of the
face or other parts of the body such as the
hands or feet. Swelling of the mouth/throat
and trouble breathing may occur. If you have
an allergic reaction, stop using Dovobet,
tell your doctor immediately or go to the
casualty department at your nearest
hospital
• Treatment with this gel may cause the level
of calcium in your blood or urine to increase
(usually when too much gel has been used).
Signs of increased calcium in blood are
excessive secretion of urine, constipation,
muscle weakness, confusion and coma.
This can be serious, and you should contact
your doctor immediately. However, when
the treatment is stopped, the levels return to
normal.
Less serious side effects
The following less serious side effects have
been reported for Dovobet
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in
10 people)
• Itching.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Eye irritation
• Burning sensation of the skin
• Skin pain or irritation
• Inflammation or swelling of the hair root
(folliculitis)
• Rash with inflammation of the skin
(dermatitis)
• Redness of the skin due to widening of the
small blood vessels (erythema)
• Acne (pimples)
• Dry skin
• Rash
• Pustular rash
• Infection of the skin
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Allergic reactions
• Stretch marks
• Skin exfoliation
• Rebound effect: A worsening of
symptoms/psoriasis after ended treatment.
Less serious side effects caused by using
betamethasone, especially for a long time,
include the following. You should tell your
doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you
notice any of them
• Thinning of the skin
• Appearance of surface veins or stretch marks
• Changes in hair growth
• Red rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
• Skin rash with inflammation or swelling
(allergic contact dermatitis)
• Golden coloured gel-filled bumps (colloid
milia)
• Lightening of skin colour (depigmentation).
• Inflammation or swelling of the hair root
(folliculitis).
Less serious side effects known to be caused
by calcipotriol include the following
• Dry skin
• Sensitivity of the skin to light resulting in a
rash
• Eczema
• Itching
• Skin irritation
• Burning and stinging sensation
• Redness of the skin due to widening of the
small blood vessels (erythema)
• Rash
• Rash with inflammation of the skin
(dermatitis)
• Worsening of psoriasis.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this
medicine.

5. HOW TO STORE DOVOBET®
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children
• Do not use Dovobet after the expiry date,
which is stated on the bottle after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month
• Do not refrigerate. Keep the bottle in the
outer carton in order to protect from light
• Discard the bottle with any remaining gel
3 months after first opening.
Do not throw away any medicines via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
INFORMATION
What Dovobet contains
The active substances are:
Calcipotriol and betamethasone.
One gram of gel contains 50 micrograms of
calcipotriol (as monohydrate) and 0.5 mg of
betamethasone (as dipropionate).
The other ingredients are:
• paraffin, liquid
• polyoxypropylene stearyl ether
• castor oil, hydrogenated
• butylhydroxytoluene (E321)
• all-rac-α-tocopherol.
What Dovobet looks like and the contents of
the pack
Dovobet is an almost clear, colourless to
slightly off-white gel filled in high-density
polyethylene bottles with low-density
polyethylene nozzle and a high-density
polyethylene screw cap.
The bottles are placed in cartons.
Pack sizes: 15 g, 30 g, 60 g, 80 g, 2 x 60 g,
2 x 80 g and 3 x 60 g.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation holder is:
LEO Pharma A/S
Industriparken 55, DK-2750 Ballerup, Denmark
The manufacturer is:
LEO Laboratories Limited (LEO Pharma)
285 Cashel Road, Dublin, Ireland
For further information about this medicine,
contact the local representative of the
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
LEO Laboratories Limited, Hurley, Berkshire
SL6 6RJ, UK. Tel: (01844) 347333
e-mail: medical-info.uk@leo-pharma.com
This medicine is authorised in the Member
States of the EEA under the following names:
Daivobet: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak
Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
Dovobet: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland,
Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom
This leaflet was last revised in November 2015.
Detailed information on this medicine is
available on the web site of the Medicines and
Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency,
www.mhra.gov.uk

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