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Truth About Dovobet
I have had mild
Psoriasis since aged 13 or so (now 32), and after getting fed up with the
smell and stains (and minimal help) of Alphosyl cream [an OTC coal tar
product –Ed], stopped treating my Psoriasis after a couple of years.
I have been
lucky in that I have relatively small patches of psoriasis on my elbows
and knees, with minimal spotting elsewhere (only on my legs).
Mine is scaly, not itchy (normally).
I’ve treated it by removing the dead skin with a fine heel-file
every morning. I’ve also
found plenty of sunlight to work.
year I noticed that, despite plenty of sun, the P wasn’t disappearing.
My brother (a
pharmacist) advised that a new product called Dovobet may be worth a try.
The Doctor who prescribed it sang it’s praises, advising that the
previous combination of two drugs was not as effective, and that this was
I have been
worried though, to read on your site, that using Dovobet has caused
worsened P symptoms. I must
admit that I am worried that using this could make my symptoms worse,
whereas, I could “manage” the lesions I have already.
What is the
truth regarding Dovobet?
-Stuart M. (England)
Response: Like virtually every
medicine that makes a difference to flakers, Stuart, Dovobet will help
some and hurt some. The only
real way to know how you might react to this medicine is to try it.
The good news is that, in general, topicals like Dovobet don’t do
anything irreversibly. Which
means, if you have a bad reaction, it’s typically remedied by
What does your
derm say about trying it, at first, on your smallest, least conspicuous
that you’ve been able to manage your P as long as you have with Alphosyl
Cream and sun exposure. Genuine
flakers (like me, probably like you) have this unseemly condition for the
long haul and it tends to age ungraciously — meaning it will keep us on
our toes by changing over time.
The fact that
heretofore you’ve done so well with mild palliatives would lead me to
suggest a modest beginning with the stronger stuff.
Dovobet isn’t, at any rate, a demonical topical and that’s
probably why its being suggested for you at this time.
Also bear in
mind that most problems we flakers have with concoctions like Dovobet
aren’t that they make our P worse — this isn’t unheard of but it is
uncommon. No, the more typical
“bad reaction” is that it won’t improve things as much as we want.
Let us know
what you decide and how you fare. -Ed