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
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 :
• 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 (25°C).
Last Updated : August 11, 2022