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General Information on Dexamethasone Oral

Generic Name : Dexamethasone Oral

Pronunciation : dex a meth' a sone

Latest prescription information about Dexamethasone Oral. 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 : Y45.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Inflammatory Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Dexamethasone Oral

India : 

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International : 

Baycadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, DexPak 10 Day Taperpak, DexPak 13 DayTaperpak, DexPak 6 DayTaperpak, Dexpak Jr Taperpak, Zema Pak 10-Day, Zema Pak 13-Day, Zema Pak 6-Day

Why is Dexamethasone Oral Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a corticosteroid, prescribed for certain conditions associated with decreased adrenal gland function.  

When should Dexamethasone Oral not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Dexamethasone Oral?

PO- The recommended dose range is 0.5 to 40mg/day.

How should Dexamethasone Oral be taken?

It comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth, with food. It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Dexamethasone Oral?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver, kidney, intestinal or heart disease, diabetes, under active thyroid, high blood pressure, mental illness, myasthenia gravis, joint inflammation, eye infection, seizures, tuberculosis, ulcer, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Monitor blood glucose level in diabetic patients regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Dexamethasone Oral?

   Allergic reactions : Severe allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching and trouble in breathing.
   Heart : Slow/fast heart rate, abnormal heart rhythm, poor blood circulation, heart enlargement, heart failure, blocks, high blood pressure, heart attack and fainting.
   Skin : Pimples, skin inflammation, redness, dry skin, impaired wound healing, and increased sweating.
   Gastrointestinal : Abdominal distention, elevation in serum liver enzyme levels, liver enlargement, increased appetite, nausea, inflammation of pancreas and ulcer.
   Metabolic : Fluid imbalance.
   Musculoskeletal : Cell death in thighbone, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, joint inflammation and vertebral compression fractures.
   Central Nervous System : Convulsions, depression, emotional instability, headache, sleeplessness, mood swings, nerve disease, tingling and personality changes.
   Eye : Increased eye pressure.
   Miscellaneous : Abnormal fat deposits, uneasiness and weight gain.

What are the other precautions for Dexamethasone Oral?

Avoid contact with people with infections.

What are the storage conditions of Dexamethasone Oral?

Store it at room temperature.

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