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Decadron®, Dexamethasone Intensol®, Dexpak®
Dexamethasone sodium phosphate
Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid that is also used as chemotherapy. This medicine may be given in the clinic, hospital, or at home. It is usually used in combination with other medicines.
Dexamethasone may also be used to treat inflammation, allergies and asthma, skin rashes, and adrenal gland problems.
The dose of dexamethasone will change as the patient grows. If families are concerned about a patient’s new tablet or dose, they should contact the pharmacy to make sure the patient is taking the right dose and tablet strength.
Urine and blood tests may be needed to check for high sugar levels. Blood tests may be needed to check potassium levels.
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
May be taken as a tablet by mouth
May be taken as a liquid by mouth
May be given as a liquid injected into a muscle
May be given as drops in the eye
Not all patients who take dexamethasone will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patients may experience side effects with long-term use of dexamethasone. These include:
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.