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DOVOBET OINTMENT

Active substance: CALCIPOTRIOL MONOHYDRATE

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1. What Dovobet is and what it is used for?
Dovobet ointment is used on the skin to treat 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.
Dovobet ointment contains calcipotriol and betamethasone. Calcipotriol helps to bring the rate of skin cell
growth back to normal and betamethasone acts to reduce inflammation.
2. Before you use Dovobet
Do not use Dovobet
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to calcipotriol, betamethasone or any of the other ingredients of
Dovobet
• If you have problems with calcium levels in the body (ask your doctor)
• If you have certain types of psoriasis: these are erythrodermic, exfoliative and pustular (ask your
doctor).
As Dovobet contains a strong steroid do NOT use on skin affected by
• infections caused by viruses (e.g. cold sores or chicken pox)
• infections caused by a fungus (e.g. athlete’s foot or ringworm)
• infections caused by bacteria
• infections caused by parasites (e.g. scabies)
• tuberculosis (TB) or syphilis
• 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
• itching of the anus (back passage) or genitals (sex organs)
Take special care with Dovobet:
Before using this medicine, tell your doctor/nurse/pharmacist 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
• you have serious liver or kidney disease.

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Special precautions
• Avoid use on more than 30% of your body or using more than 15 grams per day
• Avoid using under bandages or dressings as it increases the absorption of the steroid
• Avoid use on large areas of damaged skin or skin folds (groin, armpits, under breasts) as it
increases the absorption of the steroid
• Avoid use on the 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.

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In this leaflet:
1. What Dovobet is and what it is used for?
2. Before you use Dovobet
3. How to use Dovobet
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dovobet
6. Further information

Children
Dovobet is not recommended for the use in children below the age of 18 years.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Dovobet if you are pregnant (or might be pregnant) or if you are breast-feeding, 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.

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Dovobet ointment
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CUSTOMER: Waymade

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.
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.
Instruction for proper use
• Use only on your psoriasis and do not use on skin which is not affected by psoriasis
• Remove the cap and check that the seal in the tube is not broken before you first use the ointment
• To break the seal, use the point in the back of the cap
• Squeeze the ointment onto a clean finger
• Rub gently into your skin to cover the area affected by psoriasis until most of the ointment has
disappeared into the skin
• Do not bandage, tightly cover or wrap the treated skin area
• Wash your hands well after using Dovobet (unless you are using the ointment to treat your hands).
This will avoid accidentally spreading the ointment to other parts of your body (especially the face,
scalp, mouth and eyes)
• Do not worry if some ointment 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 ointment
• After applying the ointment avoid contact with textiles which are easily stained by grease (e.g. silk).
Duration of treatment
• Use the ointment once a day. It may be more convenient to use the ointment in the evening
• The normal initial treatment period is 4 weeks but 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 prolonged use of Dovobet may 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 ointment has not caused a
problem with calcium in your blood.
Excessive prolonged use can also cause your adrenal glands to stop working properly (these are found near
the kidneys and produce hormones).

WARNING!

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

THE COLOURS SHOWN ON THIS PROOF ARE FOR GENERAL REPRESENTATION PURPOSES ONLY. THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE AND MUST NOT BE
USED AS A COLOUR MATCH FOR THE FINISHED JOB. PLEASE REFER TO THE PANTONE COLOUR GUIDES FOR ACCURATE COLOUR REFERENCES.

This medicine is known by the above name but will usually be referred to as Dovobet in this leaflet.

WARNING!

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DOVOBET® OINTMENT
(calcipotriol/betamethasone)
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Approximately 1 in 10 people may experience side effects but most of these are reactions at the site where
the ointment has been applied and are usually mild and temporary.

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Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
• Pustular psoriasis may occur (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.
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:
• 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)
• Impact on the metabolic control of diabetes mellitus (if you have diabetes you may experience
fluctuations in the blood glucose levels).
These side effects are more likely to happen after long-term use, use in skin folds (e.g. groin, armpits or
under breasts), use under bandages or dressings or use on large areas of skin.
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 taking Dovobet, tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest
hospital
• Treatment with this ointment may cause the level of calcium in your blood or urine to increase
(usually when too much ointment has been used). Signs of increased calcium in blood is bone
pain, constipation, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting. This can be serious and you should contact
your doctor as soon as possible. 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. If any of them last a long time or
cause you problems, you should tell your doctor or nurse.
Common side effects (affect less than 1 in 10 people)
• Itching
• Rash
• Burning sensation.

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Serious side effects
The following serious effects have been reported for Dovobet:
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• Worsening of your psoriasis. If your psoriasis gets worse, tell your doctor as soon as possible.

Uncommon (affect less than 1 in 100 people)
• Skin pain or irritation
• Rash with inflammation of the skin (dermatitis)
• Redness of the skin due to widening of the small blood vessels (erythema)
• Inflammation or swelling of the hair root (folliculitis)
• Changes in skin colour in the area you have used the ointment.

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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 has also been reported
• Eczema.
If you notice the above or any other changes in your health while taking this medicine, tell your doctor.

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If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

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Less serious side effects caused by using betamethasone, include the following. You should tell your doctor
as soon as possible if you notice them.
• Thinning of the skin
• Appearance of surface blood vessels or stretch marks
• Changes in hair growth
• Red rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
• Skin rash with inflammation or swelling (allergic contact dermatitis)
• Shiny brown gel-filled bumps (colloid milia)
• Lightening of skin colour (depigmentation).

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ARTWORKER:
Dovobet ointment
PRODUCT:

CUSTOMER: Waymade

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Not known frequency
• Rebound effect: A worsening of symptoms/psoriasis after ended treatment.








5. How to store Dovobet
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store the product above 25°C.
Do not use after the expiry date stated on the label (EXP). This expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
The tube should be discarded 12 months after first opening. Write the date you first opened the
tube in the space provided on the carton.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
If the ointment becomes discoloured or shows any other signs of deterioration, you should consult
your pharmacist who will advise you what to do.

6. Further information
What is in Dovobet ointment?
Each gram of ointment contains: 50 micrograms of CALCIPOTRIOL (as hydrate) and 500 micrograms of
BETAMETHASONE (as dipropionate).
The other ingredients are:
liquid paraffin, polyoxypropylene-15-stearyl ether, α-tocopherol, white soft paraffin.
What Dovobet looks like and contents of the pack
Dovobet ointment is available as packs containing 60 gram tubes of ointment.
Dovobet ointment is a white, translucent ointment.
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PL No: 6464/2117

This product is manufactured by Leo Laboratories Limited, Cashel Road, Dublin 12, Ireland and is procured
from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder:
Waymade plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3FR
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 25.6.2012
Dovobet is a registered trademark of LEO PHARMA A/S
For further information about psoriasis, you can contact:
The Psoriasis Association
mail@psoriasis-association.org.uk

THE COLOURS SHOWN ON THIS PROOF ARE FOR GENERAL REPRESENTATION PURPOSES ONLY. THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE AND MUST NOT BE
USED AS A COLOUR MATCH FOR THE FINISHED JOB. PLEASE REFER TO THE PANTONE COLOUR GUIDES FOR ACCURATE COLOUR REFERENCES.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Dovobet can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

WARNING!

If you have any further questions about the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

WARNING!

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.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS IN THIS PROOF AFTER APPROVAL. THE ARTWORK RECEIVED HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY
ADJUSTED, REVISED OR RESET BY US FROM DISK OR HARD COPY. WHILST WE TAKE EXTREME CARE AT ALL TIMES TO ENSURE ACCURACY, THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY
MUST BE TAKEN BY OUR CUSTOMER. IF YOU SIGN THIS PROOF YOU ARE SIGNIFYING FULL APPROVAL OF DESIGN AND TEXT.

If you forget to use Dovobet
Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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