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Dexamethasone : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol


Interaction of Dexamethasone with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid, prescribed for certain conditions associated with decreased adrenal gland function.

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Dexamethasone Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit and pomegranate juice:
  • Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that interacts with both grapefruit and pomegranate juice.
  • These juices increase the concentration of this dexamethasone in the blood.
  • They interfere with enzymes in the liver which are responsible for clearing the drug from the body.

Diuretic Herbs: Diuretic herbs like juniper, parsley, and asparagus root when taken with dexamethasone may result in the loss of electrolytes.

Dexamethasone Interactions with Alcohol

Alcohol when taken with dexamethasone may increase the risk of stomach ulcers.
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How to Take the Medication -

  • Dexamethasone is available in the form of a tablet or a solution to take by mouth.
  • Therefore it can be taken either with food or milk.
  • Your doctor may tell you to follow a low-sodium, low-salt, potassium-rich, or high-protein diet.
  • Do not stop the medicine suddenly without consulting your doctor.
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