Luxiq and Breastfeeding

Because no research has been done to see if Luxiq (betamethasone valerate foam) passes through breast milk, it is unclear if this drug is completely safe for breastfeeding women or their nursing infants. However, because this medicine comes in the form of a foam that is applied to the scalp, it is expected that very little of the drug would reach the bloodstream.

Is Luxiq Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

Luxiq® (betamethasone valerate foam) is a skin medication used to treat various skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if Luxiq passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Luxiq

No research has been done to see if Luxiq passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only very small amounts pass through breast milk. This implies that skin use of steroids would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the foam has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the medication by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple. If this is not possible, be sure to completely remove the medication before the baby breastfeeds. It should be noted that Luxiq is approved only for use on the scalp, although sometimes it might be used "off-label" on other areas of the body.
Since Luxiq usually works great for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. Never use Luxiq to treat diaper rash. This medication is too potent for small children, who have a higher risk for serious Luxiq side effects.
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