Psoriasis Home > Luxiq

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.

What Is Luxiq?

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.
(Click Luxiq Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Luxiq?

Luxiq is made by Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.

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.

When and How to Use Luxiq

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.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation

Topics & Medications


Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2020 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.