Dovobet is used to treat psoriasis. It helps to reduce the redness, thickening, and scaling of the skin that occurs with this condition. Healthy skin lowers your risk for infection and protects you against the environment. Dovobet contains 2 drugs. Betamethasone is a very strong corticosteroid drug that works by decreasing swelling, redness, and itching. Calcipotriene is a form of vitamin D. It is also known as calcipotriol in other countries. It works by slowing down the growth of skin cells so that they don't build up into thickened, scaly skin patches. Dovobet should not be used if you have certain types of psoriasis (skin patches with pus-filled blisters, psoriasis over most of your body with intense redness/shedding/oozing). Consult your doctor for more information.
How to Use Dovobet
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using Dovobet and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Dovobet is for use on the skin only. Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Rub it in gently and completely. Wash your hands after using, unless you are using Dovobet to treat the hands. Avoid getting any medication in the eyes or mouth. If this occurs, rinse right away with water. Do not apply Dovobet to the face, underarms, or groin area. Do not use Dovobet for more than 4 weeks if you are using the ointment or foam (or 8 weeks if you are using the cream) unless directed by your doctor. If you are using the ointment, because of the increased risk of side effects, adults should not use more than 100 grams of the ointment per week unless directed and closely monitored by the doctor. Also, children and teenagers should not use more than 60 grams of the ointment per week. If you are using the foam, shake the can before using. Do not use more than 60 grams of the foam every 4 days. If you are using the cream, do not use more than 100 grams of the cream per week. Do not bandage, wrap, or cover the treated area unless your doctor instructs you to do so. Do not apply Dovobet to large areas of damaged skin or use it in skin folds. Do not apply more of Dovobet than prescribed or use it more often or for longer than directed. Doing so may increase the amount of medication that is absorbed into your bloodstream, an effect that may increase your risk of side effects. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens. It may take a week to see any improvement and several weeks to see the full benefit of Dovobet.
Before using Dovobet, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to betamethasone or calcipotriene; or if you have any other allergies. Dovobet may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Dovobet, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,a certain mineral imbalance (high calcium blood level), thin skin in the areas to be treated. If you have a skin infection or a skin reaction other than psoriasis (such as bacterial skin infection, chickenpox, herpes simplex), it should be treated before you start Dovobet. Betamethasone and other corticosteroid drugs can slow down your body's response to antibiotic drugs and make it more difficult to clear an infection. Dovobet may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Your doctor may direct you to limit or avoid phototherapy while you use Dovobet. Ask your doctor for details. Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Dovobet or have used Dovobet within the past few months. Though it is unlikely, Dovobet may temporarily slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked. During pregnancy, Dovobet should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Dovobet passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Dovobet, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.other corticosteroids (such as prednisone, hydrocortisone), other products containing calcipotriene (calcipotriol).
Dovobet Side Effects
Itching, burning, redness, or irritation of the skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that Dovobet has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Dovobet do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects,skin thinning/discoloration/"stretch marks", small red bumps on the skin (folliculitis), worsening of psoriasis. Dovobet may rarely cause an increase in the level of calcium in your blood.mental/mood changes, unexplained constipation. Rarely, it is possible Dovobet will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use Dovobet for a long time or over large areas of the skin.unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems. A very serious allergic reaction to Dovobet is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Different brands of Dovobet have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. Also, check the product instructions about how long you may store the product once it has been opened. The foam product is flammable. Avoid smoking during and right after applying the foam. Do not puncture the foam can or expose to high heat or open flame. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Dovobet when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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