Skin Home > Precautions and Warnings With Betamethasone Valerate Foam
Betamethasone valerate foam is not suitable for some people, so make sure your doctor is aware of any allergies you might have or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Other precautions and warnings with betamethasone valerate foam include potential complications this steroid might cause with long-term use, such as diabetes. This product can also cause the body to stop making its own natural steroids.
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
- Betamethasone valerate foam is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injected steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids such as this one.
The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems become. Covering the medication with a dressing, which is not recommended, may also increase the risk.
- If you use this medication for a long time or over an extended area of the body, which is not recommended, since it is approved only for use on the scalp, be sure to watch for any signs of Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids), such as:
- A rounded face
- Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the arms and legs)
- High blood sugar.
Let your healthcare provider know if you think you have signs of this problem.
- Betamethasone valerate foam can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when large doses are used over a long time, which is not recommended. In such circumstances, betamethasone valerate foam should be stopped slowly to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to be given an oral steroid for a while, after which you will slowly be weaned from the oral steroid.
- Like all steroids, betamethasone valerate foam may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about this. In general, children may be more susceptible to side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
Betamethasone valerate foam is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this group.
- This medication can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
- Betamethasone valerate foam can potentially react with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Betamethasone Valerate Foam).
- This product is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Luxiq and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if betamethasone valerate foam passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Luxiq and Breastfeeding).