Dovobet Gel & Ointment
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Dovobet contains a powerful corticosteroid that can effectively treat flare-ups of mild to moderate psoriasis, even on the scalp. Just one application per day can ease irritation, reduce inflammation, and soothe dry, flaky skin.
- Ointment or Gel available
- Contains calcipotriol and betamethasone
- Suitable for plaque psoriasis
- Only available to those who have been prescribed this by their GP
What Is Dovobet?
Dovobet is a topical treatment for psoriasis, a common skin disorder. It comes as a gel and ointment, and contains two active ingredients; betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid of moderate potency, and calcipotriol, a synthetic derivative of calcitriol, a type of vitamin D. There are 500 micrograms (mcg) of betamethasone and 50 mcg of calcipotriol per 1 gram (g) of Dovobet.
What Is Dovobet Used For?
Dovobet gel and Dovobet ointment are primarily used to treat psoriasis. While Dovobet gel is used for treating scalp psoriasis, Dovobvet ointment is used for plaque psoriasis on the skin in other parts of the body. Psoriasis is a common skin condition caused by your immune system. It can cause itchy, dry raised patches of skin covered with scales, appearing on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back.
This medication is effective in reducing inflammation caused by psoriasis while regulating your skin cell growth rate. In this way, Dovobet can ease psoriasis symptoms such as itchy or sore skin.
How Does Dovobet Work?
Applied onto the scalp or body, Dovobet gel and ointment have a dual action effect which relieves psoriasis symptoms.
Dovobet gel and Dovobet ointment both contain the same active ingredients; betamethasone and calcipotriol. Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that works by reducing the inflammation caused by psoriasis, relieving itching and irritation. The type of betamethasone contained in Dovobet is betamethasone dipropionate, a stronger type than is found in some other skin treatments for conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Calcipotriol, the synthetic form of vitamin D, addresses the overproduction of skin cells. By reducing the speed with which skin cells are produced, the scaly, inflamed areas of the skin caused by psoriasis are eased.
Dovobet and Breastfeeding
Using Dovobet oil or Dovobet gel while breastfeeding is considered safe. In relation to Dovobet’s two active ingredients - betamethasone can pass into breast milk, but in therapeutic doses, there is a low risk of affecting an infant adversely and there is no evidence that calcipotriol is excreted in breast milk. If you are a woman who is breastfeeding and using Dovobet ointment, you shouldn’t apply the medication to your breasts.
While there is not adequate evidence to suggest that taking Dovobet (or other corticosteroids) can be unsafe for pregnant women, the potential risk for humans remains uncertain. For this reason, Dovobet will only be prescribed when the potential benefit is believed to outweigh the potential risk. With this mind, always speak to your doctor before starting any medication.
Enstilar vs Dovobet
Enstilar is a foam formulation of Dovobet. It contains the same active ingredients as Dovobet; betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid, and calcipotriol, the synthetic calcitriol derivative. Enstilar and Dovobet are both used to treat psoriasis.
When used for scalp psoriasis, Enstilar must be sprayed onto the palm of your hand and massaged into the scalp with the fingertips, in the same way that you would apply Dovobet gel. But unlike Dovobet ointment, Enstilar is sprayed directly onto the affected area of the body before being rubbed in.
Dovonex vs Dovobet
Like Dovobet, Dovonex is a topical medication that is used to treat psoriasis. Both medications share many similarities, and they both come in either an ointment or cream form. However, while Dovobet contains both betamethasone and calcipotriol, Dovonex only contains the active ingredient calcipotriol.
Reviewers online have commented that Dovobet gel is significantly thinner than Dovobet ointment and easier to apply. For this reason, it soaks into the skin more quickly. Numerous users have remarked on how Dovobet gel is fast-acting, and in several cases, reviewers said that after trying other topical medications to bring their psoriasis symptoms under control, Dovobet was the first one that worked.
Several reviewers with scalp psoriasis have described Dovobet gel as greasy, giving their hair an oily feel and look after application.
Dovobet ointment has also been cited for its outstanding results, being effective in as little as a few days. Furthermore, users have observed that when they stopped using Dovobet ointment, their psoriasis symptoms returned.
Can You Buy Dovobet Over the Counter?
You can’t buy Dovobet gel or Dovobet ointment over the counter in the UK. Before you can buy these topical medications, your suitability for the treatment has to be confirmed by a doctor. Once your suitability for Dovobet has been confirmed and you have a prescription, you will be able to purchase the gel or ointment from online and high street pharmacies.
Why not give yourself the convenience of Cloud Pharmacy’s online service? You are required to complete a quick consultation, after which our online pharmacists can approve your request and dispense your Dovobet gel or ointment. Your Dovobet will then be sent to you in a discreet package with our next-day delivery service.
How Long Does Dovobet Take To Work?
Dovobet gel typically takes no longer than two weeks to make a visible improvement to the scalp. Dovobet ointment can be expected to take effect within the same timeframe, although some users have reported a significant improvement in as little as two to three days. Note that while you might see an improvement within two weeks, your psoriasis may not have cleared fully by this point.
How Long Can You Use Dovobet For?
Dovobet gel and ointment are normally used for an initial treatment period of four weeks for the scalp and eight weeks for the skin on other parts of the body. However, your doctor may set a different treatment period, or recommend repeated treatment.
Once your psoriasis has improved, you can stop using Dovobet. But you shouldn’t stop using the medication before the end of your recommended treatment period, as your psoriasis symptoms may return.
How to Use Dovobet Gel and Ointment
Dovobet gel is applied once per day. The amount required for the scalp is typically between 1 g and 4 g. When using Dovobet gel on other parts of the body, you shouldn’t exceed the maximum daily dose of 15 g or treat an area larger than 30% of your total body surface. Dovobet ointment is also applied once daily, with between 1 g and 4 g being required for the scalp and a maximum daily dose of 15 g for the whole of the body.
Here is a breakdown of how to use Dovobet gel and ointment:
How to Use Dovobet Gel
Dovobet gel is for treating the skin on the scalp, unlike Dovobet ointment, which is for the body. Before applying Dovobet gel you should comb your hair and scrape off any scales. Remove the cap and make sure that the seal beneath hasn’t been broken. If it’s the first time you are using Dovobet gel, break the seal yourself.
Squeeze a small amount of the gel onto your clean finger before tilting your head (to ensure the gel doesn’t run down to your face) and apply it onto the affected area. Rub the gel into your scalp with your finger until it is nearly all absorbed. Wash your hands thoroughly. Wait a few hours before you wash your hair. When you wash your hair after using Dovobet gel, leave the shampoo in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing. You may wish to apply Dovobet gel before you go to bed and allow it to work overnight.
How to Use Dovobet Ointment
Dovobet ointment is for treating psoriasis on the body. You should shake the bottle before use, and if you are using it for the first time, ensure that the seal hasn’t been broken. Like Dovobet gel, it is applied with a clean finger and rubbed into the affected area until either a thin layer is left, or the gel is fully absorbed. Wash your hands after you have used Dovobet ointment. Allow time for the ointment to soak in, waiting a while before you take a bath or shower.
Dovobet Side Effects
Not everyone will experience side effects from Dovobet gel and ointment. When side effects do occur, they will typically be mild and subside after the treatment period. Among the most common side effects from Dovobet are:
- Skin inflammation
- Skin irritation
- Dry skin
Serious side effects from Dovobet are very uncommon. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, infection or cataracts (cloudy vision) contact a medical professional or call 999.
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