Decadron

 
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Without a Prescription

Decadron lowers your resistance to infections and can make them harder to treat.
Decadron may mask some of the signs of an infection, making it difficult for your doctor to diagnose the actual problem.
Decadron, a corticosteroid drug, is prescribed to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms in a variety of disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and severe cases of asthma.
It may be given to people to treat primary or secondary adrenal cortex insufficiency (lack of sufficient adrenal hormone).

It is given to help treat the following disorders:
- Blood disorders such as various anemias;
- Certain cancers (along with other drugs);
- Collagen (connective tissue) diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus;
- Digestive tract disease such as ulcerative colitis;
- Eye diseases such as allergic conjunctivitis;
- Fluid retention due to nephrotic syndrome (a condition in which damage to the kidneys causes the body to lose protein in the urine);
- High serum levels of calcium associated with cancer;
- Lung diseases such as tuberculosis (along with other drugs);
- Severe allergic conditions such as drug-induced allergies;
- Skin diseases such as severe psoriasis;

Side Effects

Decadron side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

Side effects may include:
- Weight gain;
- Weak or irregular heartbeat;
- Vertigo;
- Torn tendons;
- Tiny red or purplish spots on the skin;
- Thin skin;
- Suppression of growth in children;
- Protruding eyeballs;
- Poor healing of wounds;
- Perforated small and large bowel;
- Peptic ulcer;
- Osteoporosis;
- Nausea;
- Muscle weakness;
- Low potassium levels in blood (leading to symptoms such as dry mouth;
- Loss of muscle mass;
- Irregular menstruation;
- Inflammation of the pancreas;
- Inflammation of the esophagus;
- Increases in amounts of insulin or hypoglycemic medications needed in diabetes;
- Increased sweating;
- Increased pressure in head;
- Increased eye pressure;
- Increased appetite;
- Hives;
- High blood sugar;
- High blood pressure;
- Hiccups;
- Headache;
- Growth of facial hair in women);
- Glaucoma;
- General feeling of illness;
- Fluid and salt retention;
- Excessive thirst;
- Excessive hairiness;
- Emotional disturbances;
- Convulsions;
- Congestive heart failure;
- Cataracts;
- Bruises;
- Bone fractures and degeneration;
- Blood clots;
- And muscle pain or cramps);
- Allergic reactions;
- Abdominal distention;
- "cushingoid" symptoms (moon face;

Contraindications

Decadron is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are injured, need surgery, or develop an acute illness;
- If you are sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients;
- If you are taking Decadron and are exposed to chickenpox or measles--or suspect a case of threadworm--notify your doctor immediately;
- If you experience any changes in mood;
- If you have a fungal infection;
- If you have inactive tuberculosis and must take Decadron for an extended period;
- If you have recently been to the tropics or are suffering from diarrhea with no apparent cause;

If you have any of the following conditions, make sure your doctor knows about it:
- Ulcerative colitis;
- Tuberculosis;
- Recent heart attack;
- Peptic ulcer;
- Osteoporosis (brittle bones);
- Myasthenia gravis (a muscle disorder);
- Kidney disease;
- Impaired thyroid function;
- High blood pressure;
- Glaucoma;
- Eye infection (herpes simplex);
- Diverticulitis;
- Diabetes;
- Cirrhosis;
- Allergy to any cortisone-like drug;

Interactions

Do not take Decadron with any of the following drugs:
- Water pills that pull potassium out of the system, such as hydrodiuril;
- Thalidomide (thalomid);
- Rifampin (rifadin, rimactane);
- Phenytoin (dilantin);
- Phenobarbital;
- Ketoconazole (nizoral);
- Indomethacin (indocin);
- Erythromycin (e.e.s., ery-tab, pce);
- Ephedrine (a decongestant in drugs such as rynatuss);
- Carbamazepine (tegretol);
- Blood-thinning medications such as coumadin;
- Aspirin;

Dosage

ADULTS

Your doctor will tailor your individual dose to the condition being treated.
After the drug produces a satisfactory response, your doctor will gradually lower the dose to the minimum effective level.
Initial doses range from 0.75 milligram to 9 milligrams a day.

Overdose

Reports of overdose with this medication are rare.
However, if you suspect an overdose, seek medical treatment immediately.
Without Prescription (2017)