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Dexamethasone Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is dexamethasone (Dexamethasone)?
- What are the possible side effects of dexamethasone?
- What is the most important information I should know about dexamethasone?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dexamethasone?
- How should I take dexamethasone?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking dexamethasone?
- What other drugs will affect dexamethasone?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dexamethasone?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to dexamethasone, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.
Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Steroids can also worsen an infection you already have, or reactivate an infection you recently had. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
To make sure you can safely take dexamethasone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease (such as cirrhosis);
- kidney disease;
- a thyroid disorder;
- a history of malaria;
- a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis;
- glaucoma or cataracts;
- herpes infection of the eyes;
- stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis;
- depression or mental illness;
- congestive heart failure; or
- high blood pressure
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether dexamethasone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Dexamethasone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Steroids can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.
How should I take dexamethasone?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Your steroid medication needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using dexamethasone.
Do not stop using dexamethasone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take dexamethasone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you are using steroid medication.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Dexamethasone Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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