- Acetylsalicylic Acid
- Diclofenac Diethylamine
- Halobetasol Propionate
- Ipratropium Bromide–Albuterol/Salbutamol
- Ketorolac Tromethamine
- Loteprednol Etabonate
- Mefenamic Acid
- Sodium Cromoglycate/Cromolyn
What is Dexamethasone used for?
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid medicine used to reduce inflammation in a wide range of disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, acute gouty arthritis, Crohn's disease, systemic lupus, and severe allergic conditions such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, and drug-induced allergies. It is also prescribed to treat lung diseases, digestive tract diseases, skin diseases, blood disorders, and eye diseases such as allergic conjunctivitis. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Dexamethasone?
The dosage of Dexamethasone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Dexamethasone can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Dexamethasone?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Dexamethasone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Dexamethasone?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Dexamethasone, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Dexamethasone?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Dexamethasone.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Dexamethasone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Dexamethasone can interact with blood-thinning medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Dexamethasone?
Like other medicines, Dexamethasone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Dexamethasone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Dexamethasone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Dexamethasone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Dexamethasone can cause side effects such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, weight gain, insomnia, fluid retention, headache, muscle weakness, glaucoma, and irregular menses. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Dexamethasone.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Dexamethasone?
Is it possible for me to take Dexamethasone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Dexamethasone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Dexamethasone?
How will Dexamethasone work in my body?
How should Dexamethasone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Dexamethasone drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Dexamethasone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.