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Xamiol discontinued

The manufacturer of Xamiol® has written to healthcare professionals advising that this product is being discontinued. The same letter advised that the 120g tube size of Dovonex® ointment is being replaced by a 30g tube size.

Xamiol contains calcipotriol and betamethasone in a gel formulation. It was licensed for use in scalp psoriasis. The manufacturer points out that Dovobet Gel is an identical product with a wider license; it can be used on the body as well as the scalp.

Dovonex ointment (calcipotriol) is also being replaced by a 30g tube size which the manufacturer says will allow greater flexibility to prescribe clinically appropriate quantities for smaller areas of psoriasis.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of these changes. Current prescriptions for Xamiol can be changed to generic to allow continued supply and quantities of Dovonex prescribed can be amended if necessary at routine reviews.

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19 Comments to “Xamiol discontinued”

  1. I find that the Xamiol gel is working faster and better for me as I have very bad psoriases on both my lower legs and feet. The Dovonex tube content is thick and sticky, also painfull to apply and to wash off. Please bring back the Xamiol gel.

    Comment by C Els — November 29, 2021 #

    1. C Els,

      This was really just a name change, Xamiol is still available but is't called Dovobet Gel now.

      Comment by Matthew Robinson — November 29, 2021 #

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