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Decadron (injection)

Generic name: Dexamethasone Injection [DEXa-METHasone]
Brand names: De-Sone LA injection, Decadron (injection)
Drug class: glucocorticoids

Decadron has been discontinued by the U.S. There may be equivalents if generic versions have been approved.

What is Decadron?

Decadron, also known as a steroid, is used for treating many conditions, including allergic disorders, skin disorders, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, and psoriasis. It can also be prescribed to treat breathing problems, conditions of the eyes, and blood cell disorders such as leukemia. multiple Sclerosis inflammations in joints or tendons caused by low levels of adrenal hormones. This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Decadron.

Side effects of Decadron

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongue

Decadron may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Fever, chills, tiredness;
  • Decadron can cause worsening of pain, swelling, or stiffness in a treated joint.
  • Muscle weakness and a limping feeling
  • Feeling short of breath, swelling, and rapid weight gain;
  • Blurred vision, pain in the eyes, or seeing halos around lights
  • Bloody or tarry stool, coughing blood
  • A seizure;
  • Increased pressure in the skull—severe migraines, severe headaches, dizziness and nausea, problems with vision, eye pain;
  • Pancreatitis: severe pain spreading from your stomach to your back and nausea;
  • Low blood potassium can cause leg cramps, diarrhea, increased thirst, or an increase in urination. It may also lead to numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness.

Decadron may affect the growth of children. If your child's growth isn't normal while taking this medication, tell your doctor.

Some of the side effects that decadron can cause include:

  • Fluid retention
  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Slow wound healing
  • Acne, thinned skin, discoloration, or bruising
  • Changes in menstrual cycles;
  • Changes in body fat distribution (especially on your legs, arms, chest, shoulders, face, breasts, and abdomen)

There may be other side effects.Call your physician immediately if experiencing adverse side effects and report it directly to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Inform your doctor of all medical conditions and medications you use. Steroids can affect many diseases, while many medicines can also interact with them.

Before you take this drug

A decadron should not be used if:

  • A fungus can occur anywhere on your body.

The use of steroids can cause your immune system to be weakened, which makes it more likely that you will contract an infection. Inform your doctor of any illnesses or infections you have had in the last few weeks.

If you've ever:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • A thyroid condition;
  • A parasite that can cause diarrhea, such as threadworms
  • Tuberculosis;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • A muscle disorder, such as myasthenia gravis.
  • Diabetes (steroid medication may cause glucose to increase in the blood or urine);
  • Glaucoma and cataracts are both eye diseases.
  • Herpes in the eye
  • Diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease are all terms used to describe stomach ulcers.
  • Depression or mental illness
  • Congestive heart failure or a heart attack
  • High blood pressure.

Inform your doctor of any pregnancy or nursing.

How to take decadron?

Decadron can be injected either into a vein or muscle. This injection will be given by a healthcare professional. Decadron can only be administered by injection if the patient is unable to swallow it. Your dose needs may change due to surgery, illness, stress or medical emergencies.Inform your doctor of any situation affecting you. Certain medical tests can be affected by Decadron. Inform any doctors who treat you that you use Decadron. If you suddenly stop taking Decadron after a long period of use, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Before stopping Decadron, consult your doctor. Keep away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you forget to take a medication, call your doctor.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

The use of steroids in high doses can cause thinning of the skin, easy bruises, changes to body fat, especially in your neck, face, back, and waist, acne, facial hair growth, menstrual issues, impotence, or loss of sexual interest.

What should be avoided?

Stay away from people with infections or illnesses. If you have been exposed to measles or chickenpox, call your doctor immediately for treatment. The conditions are serious and can even be fatal for people taking steroid medication. Decadron should not be taken with alcohol. You could get a serious illness if you receive a live vaccine. The live vaccines are measles (MMR), rubella, typhoid (Yellow Fever), varicella, chickenpox, and zoster. Do not receive any vaccines without consulting your doctor, even a flu shot.

Interaction with other drug

It is sometimes not a good idea to take certain drugs at the same time. Some medications can cause side effects that increase or decrease the effectiveness of another drug you are taking. Decadron can be affected by many drugs. These include prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medicines. This list does not include all interactions. Inform your doctor of all medications you are currently taking and those that you will stop or start using.



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