What Is Capex?
Capex is the brand name of a shampoo that contains fluocinolone. It's used to treat seborrheic dermatitis (severe dandruff) of the scalp.
The medicine in the shampoo is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing swelling, itching, flaking, and redness caused by dandruff.
Capex is available in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription forms.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved a formulation of fluocinolone in 1963. Capex is marketed by Galderma Laboratories, L.P.
Before using Capex shampoo, tell your doctor if you have, or have had:
Avoid getting Capex in your eyes. If this happens, rinse them thoroughly with water.
Don't use Capex if you have an infection or sore in the area to be treated.
Talk with your doctor before receiving any vaccinations while using this product.
Tell your doctor you use Capex before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.
Corticosteroids may affect growth in kids and teens. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern.
This product shouldn't be used by anyone under age 12 without first talking with a doctor.
Tell your healthcare provider if your condition doesn't improve or worsens while using Capex.
Pregnancy and Capex
It's not known whether Capex may harm an unborn baby.
Talk to your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant while using this medicine. You'll need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Capex during pregnancy.
It's also not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before taking Capex if you're breastfeeding.
Capex Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Capex
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
Serious Side Effects of Capex
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- An acne-like rash
- Excessive hair growth or inflamed hair follicles
- Inflammation around the mouth
- Severe irritation, redness, burning, or swelling that wasn't present before using Capex
- Thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin
- Signs of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction (may include hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Before using Capex, tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking — especially other medicines that contain corticosteroids.
Capex is typically used for five minutes once a day. When you become symptom-free, the product can be used once a week to prevent itchiness and flakiness from returning.
Follow the instructions on the product label carefully when using this medicine. Don't use more or less Capex than is recommended.
The following are the medicine's directions for use:
Shake the product well before use.
Wet your hair and scalp thoroughly and apply an adequate amount of Capex. Apply no more than 1 ounce of Capex to the scalp area daily unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Allow the product to remain on your scalp for five minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with water.
Capex isn't designed to suds or lather. You won't need a separate conditioner when using this product.
Don't bandage or wrap the affected area.
Symptoms of a Capex overdose may include:
- Increased thirst or urination
- Unusual weight gain (especially in the face)
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Missed Dose of Capex
If you miss a dose of Capex shampoo, use it as soon as you remember.
But skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next treatment.
Don't apply extra Capex or use it more often to make up for a missed dose.
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