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Deflazacort - Drug Information

Generic Name : Deflazacort

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Latest prescription information about Deflazacort. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones
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Trade Name(s): 


India : 

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International : 

Calcort, Cortax, Decortil, and Deflanil

Why it is prescribed (Indications) : 


This medication is a glucocorticoid, prescribed for anti-inflammatory conditions, and used as an immunosuppressant. It is a prodrug.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 


Contraindicated in patients who are receiving immunosuppressive vaccines, who have infections and hypersensitivity.

Dosage & When it is to be taken : 


Adult: PO- Initial: Up to 120 mg/day. Maintenance: 3-18 mg/day.
Child: Tablet: 0.25-1.5 mg/kg/day given on alternate days. Suspension: 5ml - 60ml per day.

How it should be taken : 


It comes as a tablet, suspension and syrup to take by mouth, with food.

Warnings and Precautions : 

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of adrenal suppression, infections (ex- chickenpox , shingles , measles ) children, elderly, tuberculosis, muscle pain, recent heart attack, high blood pressure, heart failure, liver failure, kidney impairment, sugar, increased eye pressure, osteoporosis, corneal damage, epilepsy, peptic ulcer, under active thyroid, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid long-term use of this medication and abrupt withdrawal.
Avoid contact with people with infections that can be spread to others.
Patients may develop with increased risk of confusion, irritability, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, mood changes and depression, and suffer from delusions and suicidal thoughts if it is taken excess; if it is so consult with your doctor.

Side Effects : 


   Metabolic
- Increased blood sugar, increased appetite and weight gain.

   Gastrointestinal
- Indigestion, abdominal bloating, nausea, ulceration in the stomach or intestine, inflammation of the pancreas and throat ulcer.

   Musculoskeletal
- Muscle weakness and thinning of bones.

   Skin
- Pimples, bruising, stretch marks, increased sweating, change in pigmentation and increased hair growth.

   Central Nervous System
- Mood changes including irritability, depression and suicidal thoughts, psychotic reactions, anxiety, confusion, memory loss and sleep disturbances.

   Genitourinary
- Irregular periods.

   Heart
- High blood pressure.

   Miscellaneous
- Blood clot events and hiccups.

Other Precautions : 

Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions : 

Store it at room temperature (25°C).

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dette_39
my mom was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, and a spinal stenosis. she is in a lot of pain and the DR, prescribed deflazacort 30mg daily , along with ketorolac 40mg daily, however iam noticing an increase in her glucose, is the deflazacort causing this?
dette_39  Thursday, March 20, 2014
sumitmpharmbvp
Pl tell me the FDA pregnancy safety rating of Deflazacort
sumitmpharmbvp  Wednesday, February 05, 2014
franzick
my right hands ring finger and little finger has less power to hold things, my fingers curl inside but they dont retrace back to normal, dr has prescribed zeflacort 6mg will this help me. This problem started on 27.09.2013 @ 5am I always get up at 5am every day Thanks
franzick  Friday, September 27, 2013
SSM1946
For Psoriasis- Prescribed cortimax 6mg 2*2 -2d,1*1-2d and 1 alternative days is effective? and whena and how long should be repeated to control the disease or alternatively any other medicine?
SSM1946  Saturday, November 17, 2012

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