Dexamethasone

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Dexamethasone tablet
What is this medicine?
DEXAMETHASONE is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated include asthma, allergies, and arthritis. It is also used for other conditions, such as blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

Cushing’s syndrome
diabetes
glaucoma
heart problems or disease
high blood pressure
infection like herpes, measles, tuberculosis, or chickenpox
kidney disease
liver disease
mental problems
myasthenia gravis
osteoporosis
previous heart attack
seizures
stomach, ulcer or intestine disease including colitis and diverticulitis
thyroid problem
an unusual or allergic reaction to dexamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, lactose, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. If you are taking this medicine once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose may be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, talk to your doctor or health care professional. You may need to miss a dose or take an extra dose. Do not take double or extra doses without advice.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following:

mifepristone, RU-486
vaccines

This medicine may also interact with the following:

amphotericin B
antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, and troleandomycin
aspirin and aspirin-like drugs
barbiturates like phenobarbital
carbamazepine
cholestyramine
cholinesterase inhibitors like donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine, and tacrine
cyclosporine
digoxin
diuretics
ephedrine
female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
indinavir
isoniazid
ketoconazole
medicines for diabetes
medicines that improve muscle tone or strength for conditions like myasthenia gravis
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
phenytoin
rifampin
thalidomide
warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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