Capex comes in the form of a medicated shampoo. Each dose is applied just like regular shampoo, but is left on the scalp for at least five minutes before being rinsed off. Because it contains a steroid, Capex is meant for short-term use only. However, in some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend that treatment continue once weekly after symptoms have subsided.
The dose of Capex® (fluocinolone shampoo) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the condition being treated. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The standard Capex dosage for treating scalp psoriasis is no more than one ounce applied to the scalp once daily. Lather well, just as with any other shampoo, but be sure to leave it on the scalp for at least five minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Capex, like all steroids, is best used for short-term use only (no more than a few weeks at a time), due to the risk of side effects from long-term use. Some people may benefit from ongoing, once-weekly treatment with Capex, instead of daily treatment, once their symptoms have subsided. Although once-weekly treatment is not mentioned in the prescribing information for this product, it is sometimes recommended.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Capex include the following:
- Capex comes as a shampoo base and a capsule that contains the active ingredient. Your pharmacist should have opened the capsule and mixed the active ingredient into the shampoo before dispensing the medication. You should not receive the capsule. If you notice the capsule in your packaging, contact your pharmacist. It is possible that he or she forgot to mix it for you.
- Use this medication once a day. Shake the bottle well before each use.
- Apply up to one ounce of the shampoo to the scalp and work to a good lather. Leave on for at least five minutes, then rinse off.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Capex dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.