- Available as a gel formulation
- Contains calcipotriol and betamethasone
- Suitable for plaque psoriasis
Order Dovobet Online in the UK
You can request to order Dovobet gel from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Simply complete our online consultation form as part of your order. Our doctors will then review your form and prescribe the medicine if safe and suitable to do so.
Please note, this service is only available to patients who have been prescribed this treatment by their GP previously.
What is Dovobet?
Dovobet is a medication used to treat psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris). It’s available as a gel, most often prescribed for scalp psoriasis. There is currently no Dovobet cream formulation on the market.
Dovobet contains two active ingredients: calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate. Each gram of gel contains calcipotriol 50 micrograms and 0.5 mg of betamethasone. Calcipotriol is known as a vitamin D analogue and betamethasone is a corticosteroid.
How does Dovobet work?
Psoriasis is caused by an increased production of skin cells. This results in a build-up of skin cells and creates the patches and other symptoms seen in psoriasis.
Calcipotriol works by slowing the production of skin cells and bringing the rate of skin cell growth back to normal. Betamethasone works by reducing inflammation, which helps to improve symptoms such as itching and soreness.
Duration of treatment
You should use this medicine for the duration that your doctor has recommended. The usual treatment period is a maximum of 4 weeks, but your doctor may decide on a different treatment period. If you feel you need to continue treatment for longer than 4 weeks, you should have a review with your doctor to discuss this first.
Several different treatments can be used to improve psoriasis. Topical treatments include emollients that moisturise the skin and help to reduce itching and scaling. Examples of effective emollients include Dermol Lotion, Hydromol Shower Emollient, Zerobase, Hydromol Cream, and Oilatum Emollient.
Other topical treatments include steroid creams and ointments. Several steroid creams can be prescribed and they range from mild to very potent. Examples of topical steroids include Eumovate, Betnovate and Hydrocortisone.
As well as calcipotriol, other vitamin D analogues include calcitriol and tacalcitol. You can see more information on the topical treatments of psoriasis in this leaflet from the British Association of Dermatologists.
Other psoriasis treatments include phototherapy and oral treatments such as methotrexate and ciclosporin.
Calcipotriol and betamethasone
Can include itching, irritation and skin exfoliation
Is Dovobet a strong steroid?
One of the active ingredients in Dovobet is a corticosteroid called betamethasone. The amount of betamethasone in Dovobet means it’s considered a strong steroid. This means you should take care not to apply too much or use the treatment for longer than recommended by your doctor.
What is Dovobet used for?
Dovobet Gel is used for plaque psoriasis as well as scalp psoriasis. Our Dovobet Gel 60g price has the prescription fee included.
What are the side effects of Dovobet?
Common side effects of Dovobet include skin exfoliation, itching, and skin irritation. An uncommon side effect is a worsening of your psoriasis. If you notice your psoriasis worsens while using this medicine, stop using it and contact your doctor as soon as possible.
How long does it take for Dovobet to work?
You should use this treatment for the duration recommended by your doctor. How long it takes to improve psoriasis will vary from person to person, but you should notice a beneficial effect within weeks. The usual treatment period is a maximum of 4 weeks, but your doctor may decide on a different treatment period.
Can I buy Dovobet Gel over the counter?
Dovobet, in the UK, is a prescription-only medicine and you cannot buy Dovobet gel at your local pharmacy. You will need a prescription from a doctor or qualified health care professional to obtain it.
However, you can request to buy Dovobet online from certain UK registered online pharmacies. You should avoid buying Dovobet Gel on Amazon or other websites that aren’t registered pharmacies. Products from unregistered websites could be counterfeit.
Dovobet Side Effects
Common side effects of Dovobet include skin exfoliation, itching, and skin irritation. An uncommon side effect is a worsening of your psoriasis. If you notice your psoriasis worsens while using this medicine, stop using it and contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you notice any symptoms of an allergic reaction after applying this treatment, seek medical attention immediately.
See section 4 of the patient information leaflet for a complete list of possible side effects. This includes a list of possible serious side effects that can be caused by both active ingredients. For general information on corticosteroid side effects, see this NHS page.
How to use Dovobet
The gel should only be applied once a day to affected areas. Most people find it more convenient to apply it in the evening.
You should always wash your hands before and after applying.
For applying Dovobet Gel, see section 3 of the patient information leaflet.
Dovobet isn’t suitable for everyone to use. Ask your doctor before using Dovobet if you have problems with calcium levels in your body. You should not use this medicine if you’re allergic to betamethasone, calcipotriol or any of the other ingredients in the gel.
It should also not be used by people with specific types of psoriasis such as erythrodermic, pustular, or exfoliative psoriasis. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure which type of psoriasis you have.
It should not be applied to any areas of infected skin (such as a viral, fungal or bacterial infection). This treatment is not suitable for other skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis.
When applying the treatment, avoid applying it to more than 30% of your body or using more than 15 grams per day. Applying it to large areas of skin can increase the risk of side effects.
Read the patient information leaflet for a complete list of warnings and precautions.
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