Luxiq Warnings and Precautions
Before using Luxiq, the warnings and precautions about the drug's possible side effects should be fully understood. For example, extended use increases your risk of problems like diabetes and Cushing's syndrome. Steroids like Luxiq have also been known to slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers, so extra monitoring may be required if long-term use is necessary.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Luxiq® (betamethasone valerate foam) if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with this medication include the following:
- Luxiq 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 Luxiq.
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 Luxiq for an extended period 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.
- Luxiq 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, Luxiq 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, Luxiq 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. Luxiq 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.
- Luxiq can potentially react with a few other medications (see Luxiq Drug Interactions).
- 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 Luxiq passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting the drug (see Luxiq and Breastfeeding).