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Generic Name: dexamethasone (Oral route)

dex-a-METH-a-sone

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Baycadron Elixer
  • Decadron
  • Dekpak 13 Day Taperpak
  • Dexamethasone Intensol
  • DexPak
  • DexPak 10 Day TaperPak
  • DexPak Jr
  • Zema-Pak

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution
  • Elixir
  • Tablet

Therapeutic Class: Endocrine-Metabolic Agent

Pharmacologic Class: Adrenal Glucocorticoid

Uses For Dexamethasone Intensol

Dexamethasone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. It is used to treat a number of different conditions, such as inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, adrenal problems, arthritis, asthma, blood or bone marrow problems, kidney problems, skin conditions, and flare-ups of multiple sclerosis. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid). It works on the immune system to help relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using Dexamethasone Intensol

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of dexamethasone in children. However, pediat

In the US, Dexamethasone Intensol (dexamethasone systemic) is a member of the drug class glucocorticoids and is used to treat Addison's Disease, Adrenal Insufficiency, Adrenocortical Insufficiency, Adrenogenital Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Aspiration Pneumonia, Asthma, Asthma - acute, Atopic Dermatitis, Bursitis, Cerebral Edema, Chorioretinitis, Croup, Cushing's Syndrome, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Eczema, Epicondylitis - Tennis Elbow, Erythroblastopenia, Evan's Syndrome, Gouty Arthritis, Hay Fever, Hemolytic Anemia, Hypercalcemia of Malignancy, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Inflammatory Conditions, Iridocyclitis, Iritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Keratitis, Leukemia, Loeffler's Syndrome, Lymphoma, Meningitis - Haemophilus influenzae, Meningitis - Listeriosis, Meningitis - Meningococcal, Meningitis - Pneumococcal, Multiple Myeloma, Multiple Sclerosis, Mycosis Fungoides, Nausea/Vomiting - Chemotherapy Induced, Neurosarcoidosis, Pemphigus, Psoriatic Arthritis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Shock, Synovitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Thrombocytopenia, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Tuberculous Meningitis, Ulcerative Colitis and Uveitis - Posterior

Generic Name: dexamethasone (oral) (dex a METH a sone)
Brand Names: Baycadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, DexPak 10 Day Taperpak, DexPak 13 DayTaperpak, DexPak 6 DayTaperpak, Dexpak Jr. Taperpak, Zema Pak 10-Day, Zema Pak 13-Day, Zema Pak 6-Day

What is dexamethasone?

Dexamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Dexamethasone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

Dexamethasone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about dexamethasone?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to dexamethasone, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.

Before taking dexamethasone, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, and about all other medicines you are using. There are many other diseases that can be affected by steroid use, and many other medicines that can interact with steroids.

Your steroid medication needs may change if you have any unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you during treatment.

Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or have recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.

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