dexamethasone (generic name)

It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs
(dex a METH a sone)
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Stay away from people who are sick. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.

Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.

The medicine can increase your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check with your doctor if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in vision
  • fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal
  • increased thirst
  • mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self importance or of being mistreated
  • pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin
  • weight gain

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away this medicine 90 days after opening the bottle or after the expiration date, whichever comes first. Do not use this medicine if it is not clear. The medicine should not have any flakes or particles in it.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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