Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Autoimmune

Decadron 

(dexamethasone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Autoimmune
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Lowers inflammation and suppresses your immune system.

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Our bottom line

Decadron (Dexamethasone) is identical to an essential hormone that humans produce and has been proven to work safely.

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Best available price for 60 (4mg) tablets of dexamethasone

Upsides

  • Treats a large variety of inflammatory disorders including asthma, dermatitis, drug reactions, rashes, and endocrine disorders.
  • Can help prevent nausea, especially when it's caused by chemotherapy.
  • You can get it orally or as an injection.

Downsides

  • Can't be used on its own to treat low cortisol levels.
  • Since it suppresses your immune system, you're more likely to get infections.
  • You can't take Decadron (Dexamethasone) if you have a systemic fungal infection.
  • Shouldn't be used if you have a stomach ulcer.
  • Can decrease bone formation and lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis.
How it works

Decadron (Dexamethasone) is a short-acting corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation by preventing your capillaries (small blood vessels) from leaking out excess fluid and chemicals that cause swelling.

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Side effect rates for Decadron (dexamethasone)

Risks and Warnings for Decadron (dexamethasone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection

    Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Decadron (Dexamethasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your Decadron (Dexamethasone) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop the medication.

Common concerns from people taking Decadron (dexamethasone)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Decadron (Dexamethasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your Decadron (Dexamethasone) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop the medication.
Weight
  • Some people gain weight while taking Decadron (Dexamethasone) or can experience other side effects like mood changes.