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(dexamethasone)

Coming soon.Calms down your immune system. Decadron (dexamethasone) is a long-acting oral corticosteroid that is very effective in treating allergic reactions and immune conditions, however, if you're taking Decadron (dexamethasone) for a long time, there can be serious side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
Cortisonedexamethasone
Coming soon.Decadron (dexamethasone) is a corticosteroid that is similar to what your body naturally makes. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.
Type of medication
Cortisonedexamethasone
Prescription only
Available as
Cortisonedexamethasone
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
Cortisonedexamethasone
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia Adrenal Insufficiency Allergic Disorder Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia Collagen Disease Disorder Of Endocrine System Disorder Of Eye Disorder Of Gastrointestinal Tract Disorder Of Hematopoietic Structure Disorder Of Respiratory System Disorder Of Skin Hodgkins Disease Hypercalcemia Of Malignancy Inflammatory Disorder Of Musculoskeletal System Mycosis Fungoides Neoplastic Disease Nephrotic Syndrome Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis Of Meninges Adjunct
  • Allergies
Risk factors for serious side effects
Cortisonedexamethasone
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    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
    • Taking other immunosuppressants
    • Long-term treatment
    • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
    Detailed Decadron (dexamethasone) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Price
    Cortisonedexamethasone
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    • Can control immune responses that are causing you discomfort and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
    Food
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    • Take Decadron (dexamethasone) in the morning with food to minimize stomach upset. If taking an evening dose, take 2-3 hours before bedtime to help you sleep better at night.
    Kidneys and liver
    Cortisonedexamethasone
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    • Decadron (dexamethasone) can cause high blood pressure, increased salt retention and increased processing of electrolytes by your kidneys. If you have heart failure, high blood pressure, or kidney damage, talk to your doctor.
    Pain
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    • Taking Decadron (dexamethasone) increases the risk of injury to the lining of your stomach and intestine including irritation and tears. You should avoid alcohol/alcoholic beverages because it can worsen stomach irritation. Tell your doctor and get medical care right away if you have stomach pain or bloody/dark stools when you go to the bathroom.
    • Decadron (dexamethasone) can increase your chance of infection. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, cough, pain with passing urine, or a wound that will not heal.
    Upsides and benefits
    Cortisonedexamethasone
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    • Effective in treating many conditions.
    • Can improve energy and appetite.
    • Can control immune responses that are causing you discomfort and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
    • Has long-term benefit in calming down the immune system and keeping it from causing your body harm, such as in autoimmune conditions.
    • Available in generic form.
    Downsides and risks
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    • Many side effects, particularly with long term use.
    • Side effects include mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure and blood sugar at higher doses.
    • Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health and put you at a higher risk for infections.
    • If you've been using corticosteroids for more than 2 weeks, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
    • Limited studies conducted with use of steroids during pregnancy or breastfeeding - potential harm to unborn baby.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Cortisonedexamethasone
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    • The dose and how long you need to take the medicine for depends on your specific condition and response.
    • Take Decadron (dexamethasone) in the morning with food to minimize stomach upset. If taking an evening dose, take 2-3 hours before bedtime to help you sleep better at night.
    • Decadron (dexamethasone) can cause an increase in appetite and water retention, as well as changes in mood.
    • Decadron (dexamethasone) can increase blood pressure and blood sugar with higher doses. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, it is important that you check your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly while taking this medicine.
    • If you need to take Decadron (dexamethasone) for longer than 2 weeks, you may need to gradually stop taking this medication. Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed and do not stop suddenly.
    • Decadron (dexamethasone) can increase your chance of infection. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, cough, pain with passing urine, or a wound that will not heal.
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