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DOVOBET 50MICROGRAMS/G & 0.5 MG/G GEL

Active substance(s): BETAMETHASONE / CALCIPOTRIOL / BETAMETHASONE / CALCIPOTRIOL

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Dovobet® 50micrograms/g & 0.5mg/g gel.
(calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate)
This product will be referred to as Dovobet throughout the
remainder of this leaflet.
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
1.

WHAT DOVOBET® IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

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.
Dovobet contains calcipotriol and betamethasone. Calcipotriol
helps to bring the rate of skin cell growth back to normal and
betamethasone acts to reduce inflammation.
2.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE
DOVOBET®

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).

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).
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.
Washing your hair before application of Dovobet is not
necessary.

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.

Shake bottle before use.

Apply a drop of
Dovobet to fingertip.

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.

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.
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.

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

Wash your hair as usual.

If necessary, repeat step 4-6 once or twice.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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