Dexamethasone: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT DEXAMETHASONE
DEXAMETHASONE is a synthetic corticosteroid drug. DEXAMETHASONE is used to treat inflammation in acute conditions where oral corticosteroid treatment is not possible and when fast response is needed such as shock, rheumatoid arthritis, allergic reactions and Swelling of the brain due to brain tumour.
• Memory loss
• Difficulty sleeping
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR DEXAMETHASONE
• DEXAMETHASONE will be strictly given by a registered nurse or health care professional.
• Consult your doctor immediately if you experience sudden onset of itchy rash, swelling of the feet, hands, face, ankles, mouth, lips, or throat and high fever.
• Bring to your doctor's knowledge if you have or had any history of diabetes, osteoporosis, tuberculosis, high blood pressure, glaucoma, stomach ulcers, epilepsy, migraine, kidney or liver problems.
• Tell your doctor if you are allergic to DEXAMETHASONE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does DEXAMETHASONE work? A. DEXAMETHASONE is a corticosteroid. DEXAMETHASONE works by reducing the production of chemicals that cause inflammation. Corticosteroids are produced naturally in the body and are important for many body functions. Corticosteroids imitates the effects of hormones in the body which are naturally produced in adrenal glands.
Q. Does taking DEXAMETHASONE cause neurological problems (mental health problems)? A. Yes, taking DEXAMETHASONE known to cause mental health problems, however, they may go after stopping the DEXAMETHASONE or lowering the dose of DEXAMETHASONE. You may experience symptoms of depression, suicidal ideations etc. These symptoms usually start after few days or weeks of starting the DEXAMETHASONE. You are strongly advised to inform your doctor if these symptoms do not go away. Your doctor may prescribe other medications for treatment of depression or suicidal ideations.
Q. Can I take vaccination while using DEXAMETHASONE? A. No, you are advised not to have vaccinations/immunizations unless your doctor tells you to take. This is because DEXAMETHASONE may intervene and cause live bacterial vaccines not to work.
Q. Can I stop taking DEXAMETHASONE on my own? A. No, please do not stop taking DEXAMETHASONE suddenly as it may lead to withdrawal symptoms such as fever, joint pain, muscle pain, inflammation of the lining of the nose, conjunctivitis, painful itchy skin lumps and weight loss. In children, raised pressure in the skull may arise, symptoms are like sickness, headache and fits. However, it is not necessary for all people to experience these symptoms but discuss with your doctor before discontinuing this medication.
Q. Which medications I should not take along with DEXAMETHASONE? A. Some medicines may reduce the effect of DEXAMETHASONE or interact with DEXAMETHASONE or cause serious side effects when given both at same time such as barbiturates, ephedrine, acetazolamide, carbenoxolone, antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, anticoagulants, diabetic medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics, antihypertensives and medicines for HIV. So, always inform and check with your doctor before taking DEXAMETHASONE with other medications.