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Dovonex Experience
from Mark

I've been to quite a few sites about psoriasis and noticed a lot of things written about what in the UK is called Dovonex, so I thought I'd share my experiences with the stuff.

I've been using Dovonex cream now for about a year (for plaque P), with mixed results. I've found that if I use it often enough the results are promising, but never quite deliver. The scaling goes and the inflammation goes down, but never disappears. If I stop using the cream the scaling comes back pretty quick. That said, it stays under control fairly well, so I guess I'm lucky. One thing the manufacturers say is that sensitive areas should be avoided (e.g. face), but as that's where I get it quite badly, that's where I use the stuff and it doesn't seem to have caused any complications. I'm just starting on Dovonex scalp solution (I'm sick of explaining that I don't have dandruff), so we'll see how that goes.

On a final note, I also find that if I go out and have one too many, it's far worse in the morning. I put it down to dehydration at first, but now I'm not so sure — I become unbearably itchy and I don't think I'm allergic to beer... -Mark, Plymouth, England.

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Ed’s Response: You’re lackluster response to Dovonex pretty much mirrors my own. I tried it a couple of years ago and published the results here. Another interesting read about Dovonex is at the NPF site. Click here.

I’m not a big fan of Dovonex. Given what NPF refers to as "excessive expectations," and the underscored fact that it’s "not for everyone," and that it "works slowly," I’m miffed that it costs so much. Trying it sounds a little too much like playing the lottery (i.e., wasting money). I have a very difficult time pushing people toward Dovonex. I won’t even bother to try the scalp version. And usually my tolerance for experimentation is quite broad.

Another thing the NPF underscored was the fact that Dovonex should not be used on the face. Given that it’s known to work slowly, Mark, I just hope your use of it on your face isn’t slowly leading up to something nasty. Be careful!

With regard to P and drinking, like so many other connections there is no statistically convincing relationship but enough anecdotal accounts to suggest statistics just haven’t revealed a connection that probably exists. -Ed

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