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I don't know whether I'll catch Julys mail but I thought I'd let
everyone know about a 'new' treatment available on prescription in
England. It's called Dovobet, and (as you can probably guess by the name)
I've been told it's some kind of mixture of Dovonex &
Betnovate. My mothers been
using it with reasonable results, so I'm running off to my GP as soon as
he comes back off holiday (I would make an appointment with his partner
but he keeps trying to fob me off with cheaper alternatives, and we all
know how effective they can be!).
My P, which was
so improved by the zinc, kelp & ginseng tablets [see Vix’s
email from June, ‘01 -Ed], has gone down hill rapidly since winter
and I've become a flake factory again. I never kidded myself that I'd
found a cure but I also didn't expect the lesions to return to the party
and bring friends.
It doesn't help
that I have a 15 week old kitten who prefers my arms to her scratching
post at the moment so I have a lot of scratch shaped patches appearing as
Anyway I'll let
you know how I go on with the cream when I get it. -Vix
Response: Gosh, the Dovonex/some steroid combo therapy is taking off all over.
Now that the combo popularity is suddenly being talked about
everywhere, I go back and find that it has been going on almost since
Dovonex was first introduced — but quietly, until now.
So far I’ve heard about Dovonex and Ultravate, Dovonex and
Temovate (clobetasol propionate) and now Dovonex and Betnovate.
All these are Dovonex mixed 50/50 with a potent corticosteroid.
I suppose it was just a matter of time before somebody would
package the combination. Dovobet has a certain poignantly appropriate ring as just about any
therapy for P is a crap shoot—
your zinc, kelp and ginseng regimen, Vix.
Fortunately for you, the natural supplements gave you a good run.
I hope you’re not too disappointed that things took a turn for
the worse. It happens all
the time. Leave it alone
for awhile and then, when you’re feeling like another gamble, try the
zinc, kelp and ginseng regimen again.
Often things that worked before will work again if left alone for
So kittens are
going to provide you a lesson in the Koebner phenomenon.
(I.e., skin trauma — in this case kitten scratches — turning
into P lesions.) Well,
if the playful affections of a wee kitten or two aren't worth a few more
plaques, what is?
Stay in touch, Vix. -Ed