Dexamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It is use to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions. Also ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.
How should this medicine be used?
Dexamethasone comes as a tablet and a solution to take by mouth. Your doctor will prescribe a dosing schedule that is best for you. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take dexamethasone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Do not stop taking dexamethasone without talking to your doctor. Stopping the drug abruptly can cause loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, headache, fever, joint and muscle pain, peeling skin, and weight loss. If you take large doses for a long time, your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually to allow your body to adjust before stopping the drug completely. Watch for these side effects if you are gradually decreasing your dose and after you stop taking the tablets or oral liquid, even if you switch to an inhalation corticosteroid medication. If these problems occur, call your doctor immediately. You may need to increase your dose of tablets or liquid temporarily or start taking them again.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Hence it may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
increased hair growth
irregular or absent menstrual periods
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
swollen face, lower legs, or ankles
cold or infection that lasts a long time
black or tarry stool