What Is Betamethasone Valerate Foam Used For?
Betamethasone valerate foam is approved to treat psoriasis and a number of other conditions that cause inflammation and itching of the scalp. It is also used off-label (for an unapproved use) in some cases. For example, betamethasone valerate foam is sometimes used to treat conditions affecting other parts of the body besides the scalp.
Betamethasone valerate foam (Luxiq®) is a prescription skin medication. It is approved to treat inflammation and itching of the scalp due to various conditions, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or seborrhea.
Betamethasone valerate foam is a medium-potency steroid. As a result, it can be used for extended periods, unlike high-potency periods, which are usually used for two weeks or less. Nonetheless, it is still a steroid, and using too much or using it for a long time may sometimes cause serious side effects (see Betamethasone Valerate Foam Side Effects).
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.
Betamethasone valerate foam is not approved for people under the age of 18, as it has not been studied in this age group. However, as a medium-potency steroid, it may be a good choice for children or teens who must be treated with a steroid. Young children are more likely to absorb too much of this medication, perhaps leading to serious side effects.