betamethasone + calcipotriol


LEO Pharma


Full Prescribing Info
Calcipotriol hydrate, betamethasone dipropionate.
Active Ingredients: Calcipotriol 50 micrograms/g (as hydrate), betamethasone 0.5 mg/g (as dipropionate).
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Liquid paraffin (contains all-rac-α-tocopherol), polyoxypropylene stearyl ether (contains butylhydroxytoluene (E321)), all-rac-α-tocopherol, white soft paraffin (contains all-rac-α-tocopherol).
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Calcipotriol is a vitamin D analogue. In vitro data suggests that calcipotriol induces differentiation and suppresses proliferation of keratinocytes. This is the proposed basis for its effect in psoriasis.
Like other topical corticosteroids, betamethasone dipropionate has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, vasoconstrictive and immunosuppressive properties, however, without curing the underlying condition.
Through occlusion the effect can be enhanced due to increased penetration of the stratum corneum. The incidence of adverse events will increase because of this. The mechanism of the anti-inflammatory activity of the topical steroids, in general, is unclear.
Pharmacokinetics: Clinical studies with radiolabelled ointment indicate that the systemic absorption of calcipotriol and betamethasone from Daivobet is less than 1% of the dose (2.5 g) when applied to normal skin (625 cm2) for 12 hours. Application to psoriasis plaques and under occlusive dressings may increase the absorption of topical corticosteroids.
Absorption through damaged skin is approx 24%. Protein binding is approx 64%. Plasma elimination half-life after intravenous application is 5-6 hours. Due to the formation of a depot in the skin elimination after dermal application is in order of days. Betamethasone is metabolised especially in the liver, but also in the kidneys to glucuronide and sulphate esters. Excretion takes place by urine and faeces.
A safety study in 634 psoriasis patients has investigated repeated courses of Daivobet ointment used once daily as required, either alone or alternating with Daivonex, for up to 52 weeks, compared with Daivonex used alone for 48 weeks after an initial course of Daivobet ointment. Adverse drug reactions were reported by 21.7 % of the patients in the Daivobet ointment group, 29.6 % in the Daivobet ointment/Daivonex alternating group and 37.9 % in the Daivonex group. The adverse drug reactions that were reported by more than 2 % of the patients in the Daivobet ointment group were pruritus (5.8 %) and psoriasis (5.3 %). Adverse events of concern possibly related to long-term corticosteroid use (e.g. skin atrophy, folliculitis, depigmentation, furuncle and purpura) were reported by 4.8 % of the patients in the Daivobet ointment group, 2.8 % in the Daivobet ointment/Daivonex alternating group and 2.9 % in the Daivonex group.
Adrenal response to ACTH was determined by measuring serum cortisol levels in patients with both extensive scalp and body psoriasis, using up to 106 g per week combined Daivobet gel and Daivobet ointment. A borderline decrease in cortisol response at 30 minutes post ACTH challenge was seen in 5 of 32 patients (15.6 %) after 4 weeks of treatment and in 2 of 11 patients (18.2 %) who continued treatment until 8 weeks. In all cases, the serum cortisol levels were normal at 60 minutes post ACTH challenge. There was no evidence of change of calcium metabolism observed in these patients. With regard to HPA suppression, therefore, this study shows some evidence that very high doses of Daivobet gel and ointment may have a weak effect on the HPA axis.
Paediatric population: The adrenal response to ACTH challenge was measured in an uncontrolled 4-week study in 33 adolescents aged 12-17 years with body psoriasis who used up to 56 g per week of Daivobet ointment. No cases of HPA axis suppression were reported. No hypercalcaemia was reported but one patient had a possible treatmentrelated increase in urinary calcium.
Toxicology: Preclinical safety data: Studies of corticosteroids in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (cleft palate, skeletal malformations).
In reproduction toxicity studies with long-term oral administration of corticosteroids to rats, prolonged gestation and prolonged and difficult labour were detected. Moreover, reduction in offspring survival, body weight and body weight gain was observed. There was no impairment of fertility. The relevance for humans is unknown.
A dermal carcinogenicity study with calcipotriol in mice and an oral carcinogenicity study in rats revealed no special risk to humans.
Photo(co)carcinogenicity studies in mice suggest that calcipotriol may enhance the effect of UVR to induce skin tumours.
A dermal carcinogenicity study in mice and an oral carcinogenicity study in rats revealed no special hazard risk of betamethasone dipropionate to humans. No photocarcinogenicity study has been performed with betamethasone dipropionate.
Initial topical treatment of stable plaque psoriasis vulgaris amenable to topical therapy.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Daivobet should be applied to affected areas once daily.
The recommended treatment period is 4 weeks. There is experience with repeated courses of Daivobet up to 52 weeks. If it is necessary to continue or restart treatment after 4 weeks, treatment should be continued after medical review and under regular medical supervision.
When using calcipotriol containing medicinal products, the maximum daily dose should not exceed 15 g.
The body surface area treated with calcipotriol containing medicinal products should not exceed 30%.
Special populations: Renal and hepatic impairment: The safety and efficacy of Daivobet ointment in patients with severe renal insufficiency or severe hepatic disorders have not been evaluated.
Paediatric population: The safety and efficacy of Daivobet ointment in children below 18 years have not been established.
Currently available data in children aged 12 to 17 years are described on Side Effects and Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions but no recommendation on a posology can be made.
Method of administration: Daivobet ointment should be applied to the affected area. In order to achieve optimal effect, it is not recommended to take a shower or bath immediately after application of Daivobet ointment.
Use above the recommended dose may cause elevated serum calcium which should rapidly subside when treatment is discontinued.
The symptoms of hypercalcemia include polyuria, constipation, muscle weakness, confusion and coma.
Excessive prolonged use of topical corticosteroids may suppress the pituitary-adrenal functions, resulting in secondary adrenal insufficiency which is usually reversible. In such cases, symptomatic treatment is indicated.
In case of chronic toxicity, the corticosteroid treatment must be discontinued gradually.
It has been reported that due to misuse one patient with extensive erythrodermic psoriasis treated with 240 g of Daivobet ointment weekly (corresponding to a daily dose of approximately 34 g) for 5 months (maximum recommended dose 15 g daily) developed Cushing's syndrome during treatment and then pustular psoriasis after abruptly stopping treatment.
Hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the excipients.
Due to the content of calcipotriol, Daivobet is contraindicated in patients with known disorders of calcium metabolism.
Due to the content of corticosteroid, Daivobet is contraindicated in the following conditions: Viral (e.g. herpes or varicella) lesions of the skin, fungal or bacterial skin infections, parasitic infections, skin manifestations in relation to tuberculosis, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, acne vulgaris, atrophic skin, striae atrophicae, fragility of skin veins, ichthyosis, acne rosacea, ulcers and wounds. Daivobet is contraindicated in, erythrodermic, exfoliative and pustular psoriasis.
Special Precautions
Effects on endocrine system: Adverse reactions found in connection with systemic corticosteroid treatment, such as adrenocortical suppression or impact on the metabolic control of diabetes mellitus may occur also during topical corticosteroid treatment due to systemic absorption.
Application under occlusive dressings should be avoided since it increases the systemic absorption of corticosteroids. Application on large areas of damaged skin, or on mucous membranes or in skin folds should be avoided since it increases the systemic absorption of corticosteroids.
In a study in patients with both extensive scalp and extensive body psoriasis using a combination of high doses of Xamiol gel (scalp application) and high doses of Daivobet ointment (body application), 5 of 32 patients showed a borderline decrease in cortisol response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) challenge after 4 weeks of treatment.
Effects on calcium metabolism: Due to the content of calcipotriol, hypercalcaemia may occur if the maximum daily dose (15 g) is exceeded. Serum calcium is normalised when treatment is discontinued. The risk of hypercalcaemia is minimal when the recommendations relevant to calcipotriol are followed.
Local adverse reactions: Daivobet contains a potent group III-steroid and concurrent treatment with other steroids on the same treatment area must be avoided.
Skin of the face and genitals are very sensitive to corticosteroids.
The medicinal product should not be used in these areas.
The patient must be instructed in correct use of the product to avoid application and accidental transfer to the face, mouth and eyes. Hands must be washed after each application to avoid accidental transfer to these areas.
Concomitant skin infections: When lesions become secondarily infected, they should be treated with antimicrobiological therapy. However, if infection worsens, treatment with corticosteroids should be stopped.
Discontinuation of treatment: When treating psoriasis with topical corticosteroids, there may be a risk of generalised pustular psoriasis or of rebound effects when discontinuing treatment. Medical supervision should therefore continue in the post-treatment period.
Long-term use: With long-term use there is an increased risk of local and systemic corticosteroid adverse reactions. The treatment should be discontinued in case of adverse reactions related to long-term use of corticosteroid.
Unevaluated use: There is no experience with the use of Daivobet in guttate psoriasis.
There is limited experience for the use of this product on the scalp.
Concurrent treatment and UV exposure: Daivobet ointment for body psoriasis lesions has been used in combination with Xamiol gel for scalp psoriasis lesions, but there is limited experience of combination of Daivobet with other topical anti-psoriatic products at the same treatment area, other anti-psoriatic medicinal products administered systemically or with phototherapy.
During Daivobet treatment, physicians are recommended to advise patients to limit or avoid excessive exposure to either natural or artificial sunlight. Topical calcipotriol should be used with UV radiation only if the physician and patient consider that the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.
Adverse reactions to excipients: Daivobet ointment contains butylhydroxytoluene (E321) as an excipient. This may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis), or irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes.
Effects on the ability to drive and use machines: Daivobet has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy: There are no adequate data from the use of Daivobet in pregnant women. Studies in animals with glucocorticoids have shown reproductive toxicity (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions), but a number of epidemiological studies (less than 300 pregnancy outcomes) have not revealed congenital anomalies among infants born to women treated with corticosteroids during pregnancy. The potential risk for humans is uncertain.
Therefore, during pregnancy, Daivobet should only be used when the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.
Breastfeeding: Betamethasone passes into breast milk but risk of an adverse effect on the infant seems unlikely with therapeutic doses. There are no data on the excretion of calcipotriol in breast milk. Caution should be exercised when prescribing Daivobet to women who breast-feed. The patient should be instructed not to use Daivobet on the breast when breast-feeding.
Fertility: Studies in rats with oral doses of calcipotriol or betamethasone dipropionate demonstrated no impairment of male and female fertility.
Adverse Reactions
The estimation of the frequency of adverse reactions is based on a pooled analysis of data from clinical studies including post-authorisation safety studies and spontaneous reporting.
The most frequently reported adverse reactions during treatment are various skin reactions, like pruritus, and skin exfoliation.
Pustular psoriasis and hypercalcaemia have been reported.
Adverse reactions are listed by MedDRA SOC and the individual adverse reactions are listed starting with the most frequently reported. Within each frequency grouping, adverse reactions are presented in the order of decreasing seriousness.
Very common (≥1/10), Common (≥1/100 to <1/10), Uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100), Rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000), Very rare (<1/10,000). (See table.)

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Paediatric population: In an uncontrolled open study, 33 adolescents aged 12-17 years with psoriasis vulgaris were treated with Daivobet ointment for 4 weeks to a maximum of 56 g per week. No new adverse events were observed and no concerns regarding systemic corticosteroid effect were identified. The size of this study does however not allow firm conclusions regarding the safety profile of Daivobet ointment in children and adolescents.
The following adverse reactions are considered to be related to the pharmacological classes of calcipotriol and betamethasone, respectively: Calcipotriol: Adverse reactions include application site reactions, pruritus, skin irritation, burning and stinging sensation, dry skin, erythema, rash, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis aggravated, photosensitivity and hypersensitivity reactions including very rare cases of angioedema and facial oedema.
Systemic effects after topical use may appear very rarely causing hypercalcaemia or hypercalciuria.
Betamethasone (as dipropionate): Local reactions can occur after topical use, especially during prolonged application, including skin atrophy, telangiectasia, striae, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, perioraldermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, depigmentation and colloid milia.
When treating psoriasis there may be a risk of generalised pustular psoriasis.
Systemic effects due to topical use of corticosteroids are rare in adults, however they can be severe. Adrenocortical suppression, cataract, infections, impact on the metabolic control of diabetes mellitus and increase of intra-ocular pressure can occur, especially after long term treatment.
Systemic effects occur more frequently when applied under occlusion (plastic, skin folds), when applied on large areas and during long term treatment.
Drug Interactions
No interaction studies have been performed with Daivobet.
Caution For Usage
Incompatibilities: Not to be mixed with other medicinal products.
Do not store above 30°C.
Shelf-Life: Unopened container: 2 years.
After first opening of container: 12 months.
MIMS Class
Psoriasis, Seborrhea & Ichthyosis Preparations
ATC Classification
D05AX52 - calcipotriol, combinations ; Belongs to the class of other antipsoriatics for topical use.
Oint (off-white to yellow) 30 g.
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