If you have scalp psoriasis or seborrhea, your healthcare provider may recommend Luxiq. This prescription medicine comes in the form of a foam that melts immediately upon contact with warm skin. As a steroid, it works by suppressing the immune system and decreasing inflammation. Most people are able to use it without any problems, but side effects are possible and may include a burning sensation.
Luxiq® (betamethasone valerate foam) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of drugs known as topical steroids. Luxiq is approved to treat various conditions of the scalp, such as scalp psoriasis or seborrhea.
How Does It Work?Luxiq 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. Luxiq works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Luxiq include the following:
- This medication is usually used twice a day.
- Turn the canister upside down and dispense into the cap, onto a saucer (or other cool surface), or directly to the affected areas of the scalp. Dispensing it into a hand is not recommended (unless you are treating your hands), since it begins to melt immediately upon contact with warm skin.
- Gently massage the foam into the affected area, then wash your hands immediately. Allow the scalp to dry naturally.
- Do not wash or rinse the scalp immediately after applying Luxiq.
- For Luxiq to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.