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Generic Name: dexamethasone (injection) (DEX a METH a sone)
Brand Names: Cortastat, Cortastat 10, Cortastat LA, De-Sone LA, Dexacen-4, Dexasone, Dexasone LA, Solurex, Solurex LA

What is dexamethasone?

Dexamethasone is in a class of drugs called steroids. Dexamethasone 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, breathing disorders, inflammatory eye conditions, blood cell disorders, leukemia, or endocrine disorders.

Dexamethasone may also be used for other 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 sulfites, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.

Before using 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.

Avoid activities that place too much stress on your joints. Dexamethasone can decrease pain and swelling, and you may be tempted to increase your activity if you are feeling better. Any joint damage may go unnoticed while you are being treated with dexamethasone.

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 abo