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dexamethasone dosage

Should dexamethasone 6mg (for palliative treatment of gerebral metastases) be taken in one dose or 2 divided doses
by jane abbey, 09/27/2006

Side Effects

Taking Dexamethasone for allergic reactions to poison ivy.   Heading out for  vacation do I need to be extremlley careful in the sun  
by Tina Reynolds in Richmond, VA, 07/27/2007

DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information


DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification


DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname

Dexamethasone Intensol, Decadron, Dexpak

DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) is used for the Treatment

Dexamethasone (dex-a-METH-a-sone) Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

When To Not Use DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to dexamethasone or if you have a fungal infection.

How Should You Use DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet)

Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Take your medicine with food to reduce stomach upset.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine using the dropper that came with it, or use a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If your schedule is one dose every other day and you cannot use the missed dose until late in the day, wait until the next morning to use your medicine. Then skip a day and go back to your regular schedule.
  • If your schedule is one dose every day, use the missed dose as soon as you can. Then go back to your regular schedule.
  • If your schedule is more than one dose every day, use the missed dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use two doses at that time. Then go back to your regular schedule.

Proper DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Storage

Store DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol while you are using dexamethasone.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), diuretics (water pills), ephedrine, insulin, phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin®), potassium supplements, rifampin, or Tegretol®.
  • Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while using dexamethasone. Vaccines may not work as well while you are using this medicine.

DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.
  • This medicine may cause problems if you have certain medical conditions. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies, medical problems, or mental conditions you now have or have had in the past.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to use less and less before stopping it completely.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any events causing unusual stress or anxiety in your life. Your dose of this medicine may need to be changed.
  • It may be easier for you to get an infection while you are receiving dexamethasone. Avoid people who are sick or have infections. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.
  • Carefully follow any diet instructions your doctor gives you while you are using dexamethasone.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using dexamethasone.
  • Your doctor may need to check you at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Keep all your appointments.

DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, sudden swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Increased urination or thirst
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Pain or swelling in stomach or abdomen
  • Unexplained fever, sore throat
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Easy bruising, small purple spots on your skin
  • Increased hair growth
  • Increased sweating
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Mood changes or trouble sleeping
  • Swelling in the hands, arms, legs, or feet
  • Thinning skin
  • Weight gain

DEXAMETHASONE (Oral) (Tablet) Ratings

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Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Tayab, Tayab - 01/12/2014

Praying for the Father's guidance in your dinesiocs. He has selected the perfect parents for Miss Jada and He will continue to bless your family with all that you need. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who has called us by His own glory and goodness. Through this He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature 2 Peter 1:3-4God bless the Alter family!!