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Lexette foam

Generic name: Halobetasol Propionate 0.05%
Brand name for: Lexette
Dosage form:
Drug class: topical steroids

What is Lexette?

Lexette is a Class I corticosteroid with a high potency that can be applied directly to the skin in order to reduce inflammation, itching, and other symptoms of plaque psoriasis. It is suitable for adults over 18 years old. Lexette contains halobetasolpropionate at 0.05%.Apply the foam in a thin layer to the affected skin areas for up to 2 weeks. Lexette foam can ignite. You should not use this product near heat, open flames, or smoke. Canisters can explode if they get too hot. Empty canisters should not be punctured or burned.Lexette foam has been FDA-approved since May 24, 2018.


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication.Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you may have, allergies and medications that you take.Lexette foam is a highly potent, Class I corticosteroid that can be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and cause reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression with the potential for glucocorticosteroid insufficiency, including Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria. Do not exceed 50 grammes per dose or use it for more than 2 weeks. HPA suppression can be monitored periodically.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to Lexette, it is best not to use it.

Lexette foam shouldn't be applied to lesions exuding serum or skin folds.

Tell your doctor about any of the following:

  • Any type of skin infection
  • A skin reaction to any medicine containing steroids;
  • Liver disease
  • An adrenal gland disorder is a condition that affects the adrenal gland.

Topical corticosteroids may increase glucose levels (sugars) in the blood or urine. Inform your doctor if diabetes is present.Children are more susceptible than adults to the systemic absorption of corticosteroids. Lexette foam has not been approved for young adults or children younger than 18.Lexette foam is not known to harm an unborn child. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant. Use the foam only if instructed.Breastfeeding may not be recommended while taking this medication. Use a small amount of Lexette foam for as little time as possible if you're instructed to. Do not use it on the breasts.

How to take Lexette?

Follow the instructions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.Please read all instructions provided on your prescription label.

Topical medicine should not be taken orally. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin. Use only on the skin. Do not apply to open wounds, sunburned or windburned skin, or dry or irritated areas.Rinse your mouth and eyes with water if you get it in.

  • If you're using Lexette to treat your hands, wash your hands after and before using the foam.
  • Shake the foam well before using.
  • To dispense foam, press down on the actuator.
  • As directed by your physician, apply a thin layer of Lexette foam twice daily to the affected areas. Rub in completely and gently. Apply this medicine only to a small area of the skin, unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor.

Only cover the area treated if you are told to by your doctor.Covering the treated area can increase the amount of medicine absorbed by your skin and cause adverse effects.

Only use Lexette foam for a short time, up to two weeks. Be sure to follow your doctor's dosage instructions. Use no more than 50 grammes a week.

If your symptoms don't improve or worsen after two weeks, call your doctor. If your symptoms get better sooner, stop using the product.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Skip the missed dose if you will be taking your next dose soon.. Apply two doses of the product at once.

What happens if I overdose?

If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.Lexette can cause thinning of the skin, easy bruises, changes in body weight (especially on your neck, face, back, and waist), acne, facial hair growth, menstrual issues, impotence, or loss of interest.

What should be avoided?

  • Because Lexette is flammable, avoid heat, flames, or smoking while applying it to your skin and immediately afterward.
  • Do not apply Lexette foam to your face, scalp, or underarms.
  • Use Lexette only after consulting your doctor to determine the condition of your skin.
  • If your doctor has not instructed you otherwise, do not use other topical steroids on the area you have treated with Lexette foam.

Side effects of Lexette?

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy to Lexette foam: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek emergency medical attention.

If you experience:

  • Skin conditions are worsening;
  • Any skin that has been treated may experience redness, heat or swelling.
  • Eye pain or blurred vision
  • High blood sugar: increased thirst, increased urination, and a fruity breath smell;
  • Signs of absorption through the skin include: weight gain, especially in the face, upper back, and torso; slow wound healing; discoloured or thinning skin; body hair growth; muscle weakness; nausea or diarrhoea; fatigue; mood swings; changes in the menstrual cycle; or sexual changes.

Lexette may cause side effects such as:

  • Pain where foam has been applied

The following are other side effects that have been reported when using topical corticosteroids:

  • Burning, stinging, or itching of the treated skin
  • Redness or crusting on your hair follicles
  • Stretch marks
  • Spider veins.

There may be other side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drug

Lexette foam does not interact with any other medication you take. You should not combine it with any other topical corticosteroids or oral steroids, as they could have an additive effect.Inform your doctor about all medications you take, including vitamins, herbal products, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicines.