dexamethasone injection (generic name)

It is used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs
(dex a METH a sone)
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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
  • black or tarry stools
  • change in the amount of urine
  • changes in vision
  • confusion, excitement, restlessness, a false sense of well-being
  • fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal
  • hallucinations
  • increased thirst
  • mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self importance or of being mistreated
  • pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs
  • pain, redness, or irritation at the injection site
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • rounding out of face
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tired or weak
  • wounds that do not heal

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

  • diarrhea or constipation
  • change in taste
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin
  • touble sleeping
  • unusual growth of hair on the face or body
  • weight gain

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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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