Important Info on Betamethasone Valerate Foam
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using betamethasone valerate foam if you:
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Luxiq and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Luxiq and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Betamethasone Valerate Foam to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?Betamethasone valerate foam is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid" for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Betamethasone valerate foam works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
When and How to Use Betamethasone Valerate FoamSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with betamethasone valerate foam include the following:
- This medication is usually used twice a day.
- Turn the canister upside down and dispense into the cap, onto a saucer (or other cool surface), or directly to the affected areas of the scalp. Dispensing betamethasone valerate foam into a hand is not recommended, unless you are treating your hands, since it begins to melt immediately upon contact with warm skin.
- Gently massage the foam into the affected area, then wash your hands right away. Allow the scalp to dry naturally.
- Do not wash or rinse the scalp immediately after applying the medication.
- For betamethasone valerate foam to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.