Deflazacort - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on August 11, 2022
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Information about Deflazacort

Generic Name : Deflazacort
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Deflazacort are provided here.
Understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
ICD Code : Y42.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones

Trade Names/Brand Names of Deflazacort

India : 


International : 

Calcort, Cortax, Decortil, and Deflanil

Why is Deflazacort Prescribed? (Indications)

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

When should Deflazacort not be taken? (Contraindications)

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

What is the dosage of Deflazacort?

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 should Deflazacort be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Deflazacort?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Deflazacort?

   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.

What are the other precautions for Deflazacort?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Deflazacort?

Store it at room temperature (25C).
Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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nithyaramesh, India

iam suffered from oflaxacin tablet allergy. shall i take this tablet[deflazacort] to recover my allergy with advise of doctor.

kvr77, India

Sir is it correct to continue with the pregnancy as this medicine has been taken initially for the period of 15-20 days of during pregnancy of six week.Should we abort or continue ?? Do this medicine must have harm the baby ?? Medicine was taken for the treatment of the Psoriasis.

dette_39, Belize

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?

sumitmpharmbvp, India

Pl tell me the FDA pregnancy safety rating of Deflazacort


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

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