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Calcipotriene is a medication prescribed to treat plaque psoriasis on the skin and scalp. It slows the growth of excess skin cells and helps relieve symptoms like itching, scaling and redness. It is available in both topical and specialized scalp solution formulations.
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About Calcipotriene (Generic Dovonex)
How does it work?
Calcipotriene (the generic version of Dovonex and Sorilux) is a psoriasis treatment that slows the rapid growth of skin cells. It helps shrink psoriatic patches and reduce inflammation and itching in the affected areas.
What does it treat?
This medication treats psoriasis—a skin condition in which excess skin cells build up and form red, scaly patches. Calcipotriene slows down cell growth and provides relief to people with the condition.
What forms does it come in?
This psoriasis medicine is a topical prescription that comes in a variety of forms including creams, ointments and scalp solutions. It is also combined with other medications—follow your licensed provider's application instructions for best results.
Calcipotriene vs. Dovonex
Calcipotriene and Dovonex are actually the same medication—the latter is the brand version. Both psoriasis prescriptions treat the condition by limiting the growth of excess skin cells.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a psoriasis prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Calcipotriene 0.005 % Scalp Solution (60 mL bottle) start at $55.35.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Calcipotriene 0.005 % Scalp Solution (60 mL bottle)*
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Calcipotriene (Generic Dovonex) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Calcipotriene (Generic Dovonex)?
- Reduces redness, itching and scaling
- Slows down skin cell growth
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps heal patches
Who should not use this medication?
- People who are allergic to it or any of its ingredients
- People who have high calcium levels in their blood
- People with skin infections, open wounds or sores
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
If you have any of these conditions, speak with your medical provider before taking this medication.
How do I use this medication?
In most cases, you apply a thin layer of this medication to the affected skin areas as directed by your licensed healthcare provider. Gently rub it in and wash your hands afterward.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Calcipotriene, apply it when you remember. If it’s close to your next application time, skip the missed dose and resume your usual course of treatment. To prevent side effects, don’t double your dose.
What happens if I use too much?
Using more of this medication than directed can increase your risk of side effects like skin irritation or redness. Apply only the amount recommended by your medical provider.
If you have taken too much, call your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) right away.
Can I get Calcipotriene (Generic Dovonex) online?
Yes! You can access this medication with a convenient, confidential $15 online consultation. A licensed medical provider will review your situation and send an online prescription or refill to your pharmacy of choice if appropriate.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen
Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine. Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Not everyone experiences side effects associated with this medication. When they do present, they’re usually not serious. Possible side effects include:
- Skin irritation
- Burning or stinging
- Dry skin
If you notice severe side effects like skin thinning or serious skin irritation or rash—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist right away.