Decadron (Dexamethasone) is used for the treatment of:
- Allergic reactions
- Certain skin and eye condition
- Certain bowel disorders
- Certain cancers
- Blood/hormone/immune system disorders
This medication is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder or called Cushing’s syndrome.
How does Decadron (Dexamethasone) work?
Decadron (Dexamethasone) is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid. Corticosteroid are naturally-occurring chemicals made by the adrenal glands located above the kidneys. It affects the function of many cells within the body and suppresses the immune system. It also blocks inflammation and is used in a wide variety of inflammatory diseases affecting many organs.
Why use Decadron (Dexamethasone)?
Decadron (Dexamethasone) belongs to the class of medications known as a steroid hormone. Each tablet is supplied in two potencies, 0.5mg and 0.75mg for oral administration. It is a white to practically white, odorless, crystalline powder. It is practically insoluble in water and is stable in air. In the year 1958, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication.
How to use Decadron (Dexamethasone)?
The recommended dosage for this tablet is based on your condition and response.
This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. If you are taking this once a day, take it in the morning at 9 am. Take it at the same time each day. Follow your doctor’s prescription very carefully. To avoid some complications, do not double the prescribed dosage.
What are the side-effects of Decadron (Dexamethasone)?
- Stomach upset
- Skin rash
- Irregular menstrual period
- Increased hair growth
- Increased appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Easy bruising
- Weight gain
Warnings and Precautions
- Call your doctor right away if there is an allergic reaction. Let your doctor know also if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
- This is only used in pregnant when clearly needed. If you are breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant consult your doctor first.
- You should not share this or any of your medications with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Do not use this past the expiration date.
- While taking this medication, do not get any vaccines without your doctor’s consent.
- You may be more sensitive to sunlight while taking this drug.
- Keep this away from heat, moisture, and reach of children.