Valisone scalp lotion is a medication used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rash.
Valisone contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which belongs to the class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling and itching in the affected area.
Use and Dosage
Valisone Scalp Lotion should be applied to the affected area of the scalp two times per day (once in the morning and once at night), or as directed by your doctor.
To use Valisone Scalp Lotion, you should wash your hands and apply a thin layer of the lotion to the affected area of your scalp. Apply the lotion twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, or as directed by your doctor. You do not need to rub the lotion in, but it should be left to dry naturally. Follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist and avoid using more of the lotion than recommended. If you have any questions about how to use Valisone Scalp Lotion, you should speak with your healthcare provider.
Use the Lotion exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss an application, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next application, skip the missed application and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Valisone Scalp Lotion (Betamethasone):
- Bruising or shiny skin
- Burning, itching, irritation, stinging, redness, or dryness of the skin
- Skin color changes
- Small white or red bumps on the skin
- Tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth
- Unwanted hair growth
Serious Side Effects of Valisone Scalp Lotion (Betamethasone):
- Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
- Itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
- Redness and scaling around the mouth
- Redness, swelling, or other signs of skin infection in the place where you applied betamethasone
- Severe rash
- Thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used where the skin folds together
Forms and Strength
Valisone Scalp Lotion (Betamethasone) is available in the following forms and strength:
Betamethasone: Scalp Lotion
- Allergy: If you are allergic to betamethasone valerate or any other corticosteroids, you should not use Valisone Scalp Lotion.
- Interaction with other medications: You should inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and natural/herbal supplements. Some medications may interact with Valisone Scalp Lotion, which can affect the effectiveness or cause side effects.
- Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid using Valisone Scalp Lotion unless specifically directed to do so by a doctor, as it may have adverse effects on the fetus or nursing infant.
- Long-term use: Valisone Scalp Lotion should not be used for extended periods of time or on large areas of skin without the advice of a doctor, as it can lead to serious side effects like thinning of the skin and increased risk of infections.
- Avoid contact with eyes: Valisone Scalp Lotion should be kept away from the eyes and mucous membranes to avoid irritation and damage.
- Children: Valisone Scalp Lotion should be used with caution in children, as they are more susceptible to certain side effects of topical corticosteroids, such as skin thinning.
- Underlying medical conditions: You should inform your doctor if you have any underlying medical conditions, particularly diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, or any other conditions that affect the immune system, as these can increase your risk of side effects from Valisone Scalp Lotion.
- Skin infections: You should not use Valisone Scalp Lotion if you have any skin infections unless specifically directed to do so by a doctor.
- Medical history: You should inform your doctor of any previous or current medical conditions or surgeries, such as recent vaccinations or allergic reactions.
- Alcohol: Valisone Scalp Lotion should not be used in conjunction with alcohol or alcoholic products, as it can increase the risk of side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does Valisone Scalp Lotion take to work?
The amount of time it takes for Valisone Scalp Lotion to work depends on the severity of the condition being treated. You should speak with your doctor about what to expect regarding the timeline for improvement.
Can Valisone Scalp Lotion interact with other medications?
Yes, Valisone Scalp Lotion may interact with other medications. You should inform your doctor of all medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and natural/herbal supplements, that you are taking.
Can Valisone Scalp Lotion be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid using Valisone Scalp Lotion unless specifically directed to do so by a doctor, as it may have adverse effects on the fetus or nursing infant.