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how do you take the dexpak (how many each day and when?)?

Please give me directions (on a daily basis) of how the DEXPAK and DEXPAK JR are to be taken. How many tabs per day/and when to take these doses? thanks G B BAILEY, RPH (912) 264-2622 (912) 223-1414
by G Brandon Bailey, RPH in Brunswick, GA, 11/10/2006

Side effects of Dexpak - increased urination and thirst?

I just have a few days left of my dexpak prescription given for a case of poison ivy and I have been having an increase in urination (but only during the night) and not so much an increase in thirst, but that my tongue feels sort of slick. I don't kno...
by Amy in Kentucky, USA, 04/28/2006

Would Dexpak help to quit smoking? My husband was prescribed it for this reason.

My husband was prescribed bespak to quit smoking but has been afraid to take it. He has been smoking for about 35 yrs. Would this realy help him to quit?
by Helen in whitesburg, tn, 01/12/2007

Depression and Dexpak

can the dexpac make you depressed? I was having terriable sweating and crying and suicidal thoughts. Is this normal? I stopped the medicine. I was taking it for poision but I am also on percocet for my buldging disc and the doctor thought this might a...
by bonnie in usa, 12/15/2006

weight gain, and pimples

My son has taken his entire pack of Dexpak, and he seems to be swollen in the face and has gained about 7 lbs.  Is this normal and will the pimples go away and the swollen face????    thanks.    Sheri Smith
by sheri in henryville, in, 10/28/2006

Dexpak (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Dexpak (Oral)

Dexpak (Oral) Medication Classification


Dexpak (Oral) Brandname

Dexamethasone Intensol, Decadron, Dexpak

Dexpak (Oral) 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 Dexpak (Oral)

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 Dexpak (Oral)

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 Dexpak (Oral) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using Dexpak (Oral)

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.

Dexpak (Oral) 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.

Dexpak (Oral) 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

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Allison, SC - 03/20/2014

Had the worst case of nausea and diarrhea ever. Will never take this drug again. The cure was definitely worse than the disease it was aimed at treating.