DOVONEX 0.005% SCALP SOLUTION
Active substance(s): CALCIPOTRIOL HYDRATE
DOVONEX® 0.005% SCALP SOLUTION
Please 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 you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet please tell your doctor or
In this leaflet Dovonex 0.005% Scalp Solution will sometimes be called Dovonex.
In this leaflet:
What Dovonex is and what it is used for
Before you use Dovonex
How to use Dovonex
Possible side effects
How to store Dovonex
1. What Dovonex is and what it is used for
Dovonex belongs to a group of medicines called
anti-psoriatics. It is a type of vitamin D.
Vitamin D controls how the cells in your skin grow.
If the cells in your skin grow too much you may get psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a condition where your skin develops raised red
patches and silver coloured scaly patches. The scaly patches
are dead cells that would normally fall off your skin without you
Dovonex works by reducing the amount of cells your skin
makes. This means your skin symptoms will reduce too.
These diagrams explain how your skin may improve when you
use this medicine.
Your doctor may tell you to limit your exposure to natural or
artificial sunlight while you are using this medicine.
You may get too much calcium in your blood when you use
this medicine. Please read section 4 of this leaflet so that you
can spot any signs this may be happening to you. Your doctor
may need to change your dose.
You are not likely to get too much calcium in your blood if you
use the dose prescribed for you. You can find the dose that
you should use in section 3 of this leaflet. You are more likely
to get too much calcium in your blood if you use more than
the recommended dose each week.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or
have recently taken any other medicines. This includes any
medicines which you have bought without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Please ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using
If you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant.
If you are breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using this
Driving and using machines
Your skin before treatment.
Usually your medicine may have very little effect on your
ability to drive or use machines. Check with your doctor if you
feel any side effect that may stop you from driving or using
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Dovonex
After about two weeks you
may see a change in your
skin. The scaly or flaky
patches usually clear up first.
They will feel smoother.
The redness of the skin will
start to clear up next. It may
clear up in the centre first.
Propylene glycol. It may irritate your skin.
Please ask your doctor if you are worried about any of the
ingredients in this medicine.
3.How to use Dovonex
Always use Dovonex exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
How to put on Dovonex
This medicine is only for using on your head (scalp).
Never put it on your face as it may cause irritation. Do not
swallow it. Do not put it inside your body.
Dovonex is used to treat:
Scalp psoriasis (psoriasis on your head).
Do not mix Dovonex with any other medicines.
Always wash your hands before using Dovonex.
2. Before you use Dovonex
Do not use Dovonex
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to calcipotriol or any of
the other ingredients in your medicine. You can find a list of
these ingredients in section 6 of this leaflet.
If you have been told by a doctor that you have high or low
levels of a substance called calcium in your body (calcium
If you have severe kidney problems.
If you have severe liver problems.
Take special care with Dovonex
Before you use Dovonex tell your doctor:
If you are already having ultraviolet (UV) light treatment.
You must discuss with your doctor about having light
treatment and using Dovonex at the same time.
If you know you have a type of psoriasis called generalized
pustular psoriasis. Ask your doctor if you are unsure.
If you know you have a type of psoriasis called
erythrodermic exfoliative psoriasis. Ask your doctor if you
Do not use Dovonex on your face.
Use your medicine when your hair is dry. Part your hair
before you use your medicine. This will help your medicine
reach down to the skin on your head.
Tilt your head back to stop any medicine running on to your
face or in your eyes.
Put the nozzle of the bottle close to your head. You can
squeeze your medicine on to your head directly where the
rash is. One or two drops will cover a small patch about the
size of a postage stamp. Rub it in gently.
Let your medicine dry naturally. It will not take long. Never dry
it with a hairdryer or near a fire. Leave your medicine on until
you next wash your hair. This will help it to work better.
Always wash your hands after using Dovonex. This will stop
any medicine accidentally spreading to other parts of your
body. Do not worry if you accidentally get any medicine on
your normal skin, but wash it off if it spreads too far.
If you accidentally get any medicine in your eye, wash it out
with water straight away. Then bathe your eye with an
eyewash if possible. If your eye is sore, go to your doctor.
Keep your medicine away from your glasses or any plastic.
How much Dovonex to use
Your doctor will tell you how much Dovonex Scalp Solution to
You should use this medicine twice each day. Use it in the
morning and in the evening. To remind you to use your
medicine it may help to use it when you do another regular
action, such as brushing your teeth.
Your dose will depend on how bad your psoriasis is.
Your doctor will prescribe the dose that is right for you:
Using only this medicine
Do not use more than 60millilitres (ml) each week.
Using this medicine with other creams or ointments
Please check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are
using other medicines, and you are not sure what they
Remember: your medicine contains the active ingredient
called calcipotriol. You may use it with other creams or
ointments that also contain calcipotriol.
You must use these medicines carefully together so you do
not have too much in a week.
Do not use more than 60millilitres (ml) of Dovonex Scalp
Solution and 30grams of calcipotriol cream or ointment
Do not use more than 30millilitres (ml) of Dovonex Scalp
Solution and 60grams of calcipotriol cream or ointment
This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
If you use more Dovonex than you should
Tell your doctor straight away.
You may get too much calcium in your blood. Please read
section 4 of this leaflet so you can spot any signs that this may
be happening to you.
Uncommon side effects (probably affect less than 1
in 100 people)
Worsening of your psoriasis.
Red, itchy, scaly rash. Blisters may form. These may
weep or become crusty (eczema).
Side effects where the number of people affected is
Itchy raised rash (hives).
Temporary changes in your skin colour.
Temporary increased sensitivity to sunlight.
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 Dovonex
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
CAUTION flammable – keep away from fire or flames.
Do not take your tablets after the expiry date which is stated
on the bottle after ‘Exp’. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
Remember if your doctor tells you to stop taking this solution,
return any unused solution to your pharmacist for safe
disposal. Only keep this solution if your doctor tells you to.
If your solution become discoloured or show any signs of
deterioration, seek the advice of your pharmacist.
6. Further information
What Dovonex contains
The active ingredient is calcipotriol.
Dovonex Scalp Solution contains 50micrograms of
calcipotriol in each millilitre of the solution.
The other ingredients in the solution are hydroxypropyl
cellulose, isopropanol, levomenthol, sodium citrate,
propylene glycol and purified water.
If you forget to use Dovonex
If you forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you
remember. Then next use your medicine at the usual time.
If you have any further questions about taking this medicine,
please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Dovonex can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Important side effects to look out for:
You must get urgent medical help if you have any of the
following symptoms. You may be having an allergic
You have difficulty breathing
Your face including around your eyes swell
Your skin develops a severe rash
You should tell your doctor straight away if you spot any
of the following signs which may be due to too much
calcium in your blood:
You need to pass water (urine) more often
You feel thirsty
You have a dry mouth or a metallic taste in your mouth
You feel weak or have pain in your muscles or bones
You have a headache
You feel sick or have constipation
Other possible side effects:
The possible side effects described in the following section of
this leaflet are usually mild.
Very common side effects (probably affect more
than 1 in 10 people)
Common side effects (probably affect up to 1 in 10
Burning or stinging feeling
Itchy rash and skin inflammation in the area where the
medicine is used
What Dovonex looks like and contents of the pack
Dovonex 0.005% scalp solution comes in a white plastic
bottle with a blue screw lid containing 30ml or 60ml of clear,
slightly viscous solution.
Manufactured by: Leo Pharmaceutical Products, 55
Industriparken, Ballerup, Denmark.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the
Product Licence holder: B&S Healthcare, Unit 4, Bradfield
Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 0NU, UK.
DOVONEX® 0.005% SCALP SOLUTION
PL No: 18799/0973
Leaflet date: 22.05.2015
More about psoriasis
You can get psoriasis anywhere on your body.
Psoriasis is not infectious so you do not need to worry about
other people catching it from you.
We still do not know what causes psoriasis but you can
inherit it. Other things can make psoriasis worse such as
For further information about psoriasis, you can contact:
The Psoriasis Association.
Registered charity number 257414.
If you have any questions about your treatment, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Dovonex is a registered trademark of Leo Pharma.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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