Dexamethasone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids can help to treat conditions involving inflammation (signs include warmth, redness, swelling and pain).
Dexamethasone can be used to:
This medication can also be used for other conditions. Check with your doctor if you are unsure why you are taking this medication.
Inform your doctor if any side effect lasts for more than a few days, or the side effects become serious or bothersome.
Other rare but serious effects that may occur include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Before starting on this medication, inform your doctor if you:
If you come into contact with anyone who has an infectious disease such as chickenpox, shingles or measles, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Dexamethasone decreases your body’s natural immune response and you may be at higher risk of getting these diseases.
Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccinations.
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications, before you start taking Dexamethasone:
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medications, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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