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How Long Does Dovonex Ointment Take To Work?

This article looks at Dovonex ointment efficacy, duration, timing, considerations for long-term use, and factors that could influence Dovonex effectiveness. So, if you want to know the answer to ‘How quickly can Dovonex ointment help treat psoriasis?’ you’re in the right place.

Effectiveness (Efficacy) of Dovonex Ointment in Treating Psoriasis

Speed of Action

Dovonex ointment is a topical treatment used to treat psoriasis vulgaris, the most common type of psoriasis.

How Quickly Does Dovonex Ointment Work?

Dovonex ointment usually takes around 2 weeks to start working, but it can take longer to fully treat your psoriasis flare-up.

How Long Does Dovonex Ointment Take to Absorb?

Dovonex ointment absorption time is quick, as it’s being rubbed into your skin. How quickly it absorbs will depend on your skin, so don’t wash your skin for at least 30 minutes after application.

Does Dovonex Ointment Work Immediately?

Dovonex ointment will start to reduce your skin cells from overgrowing immediately, but it can take some time for this to treat your psoriasis.

Treatment Duration

Dovonex ointment should be used to treat a psoriasis flare-up. It’s not meant as a long-term medication.

How Long Dovonex Ointment Take to Leave the System?

Dovonex ointment half-life is around one hour. This is how long it takes for half of the active ingredient to leave your system. Most of your treatment will absorb into your skin, rather than your bloodstream.

Treatment Duration for Different Groups

Dovonex ointment is suitable for children aged 6 and above and adults. It can be used for up to 12 weeks at a time.

Long-term Use

Dovonex ointment isn’t a long-term psoriasis treatment. You should speak to your doctor if your psoriasis isn’t getting better at all after using Dovonex for more than 2 weeks.

How Long Can You Take Dovonex Ointment For?

You can use Dovonex ointment for up to 12 weeks.

Risks and Benefits of Long-term Use

The risks of using Dovonex ointment long-term include:

  • an increased risk of skin irritation
  • a risk of an increased level of calcium in your blood, which can be determined by a blood test

The benefits of using Dovonex Ointment long-term include:

  • improved skin
  • psoriasis patches can go away completely
  • improved confidence

Dosage and Factors Affecting Efficacy

Your dose of Dovonex will be determined by your doctor. Using more than you’ve been prescribed will increase the risk of side effects.

Knowing the right Dovonex timing helps with efficacy:

  • Don’t apply it right before a shower.
  • If you take 2 doses a day, apply it in the morning and evening.
  • Missing a dose can make it less effective.

What to Do If You Find the Dose Ineffective

If you don’t think Dovonex is working at all and you’ve used it for at least 2 weeks, speak to your doctor.


Dovonex ointment’s efficacy is high, reducing psoriasis patches within 2 weeks. You’ll need to apply Dovonex daily for the best effect. It can take up to 12 weeks for your skin to get fully better. If you need personalised advice on using Dovonex ointment, or you have psoriasis, speak to a healthcare provider.

You can also talk to a prescriber, order treatment, and find out more about psoriasis on our website.

Authored By

Hannah Aitken

Medical Content Writer
Hannah is a medical content writer who utilises her nursing expertise alongside her passion for writing healthcare content.

Published on: 27/03/2024

Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Reviewed on: 27/03/2024
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