Dexamethasone Injectable Solution 10 mg/mL

Uses

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • allergic reaction
  • autoimmune disorder
  • blood disorder
  • diagnostic test
  • endocrine disorder
  • inflammatory disease
  • nausea and vomiting
  • immune suppression
  • cancer
  • COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Instructions

The liquid should be clear and colorless.

Protect medicine from light.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

This medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.

This medicine may affect the strength of your bones. If you have or are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis (weakening of the bones), your doctor may recommend adding foods containing calcium and vitamin D while on this medicine. Please talk to your doctor for more information.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

Cautions

This medicine may cause serious bleeding problems in patients taking blood thinner medications. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully to monitor your blood lab tests if you are on blood thinners.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

This medicine may cause serious bleeding from the stomach or bowels. Stop this medicine and call your doctor immediately if you see any signs of bleeding. Bleeding can cause pain in the stomach, vomiting up liquid that looks like coffee grounds, and red or dark tarry stools.

There is an increased risk of bleeding while on this medicine, please tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any excessive bleeding or bruising.

Monitor your blood sugar as instructed by your doctor.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Speak with your doctor before taking any medicine with aspirin.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections.

Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people with infections such as colds and flu.

Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Always carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet indicating your medical condition.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor right away if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising.

Used needles and syringes should be thrown away properly in a medical waste container. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need help.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • increased appetite
  • increased risk for bone fractures
  • headaches
  • high blood sugar
  • high blood pressure
  • increased risk for an infection
  • reaction at the area of the injection (pain, redness, swelling)
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods
  • weight gain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • change in behavior
  • increased risk of bleeding
  • bleeding that is severe or takes longer to stop
  • severe or persistent bone, joint or jaw pain
  • unusual bruising or discoloration on skin
  • confusion
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • depression or feeling sad
  • feeling of swelling of the body
  • swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
  • pain in the eye
  • fever or chills
  • flu-like symptoms
  • hallucinations (unusual thoughts, seeing or hearing things that are not real)
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • menstruation changes (missed or fewer periods)
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain
  • muscle weakness
  • rapid heartbeat
  • seizures
  • skin changes - brown or black area with uneven edges or coloring
  • thinning of the skin
  • severe stomach or bowel pain
  • blood in stool
  • dark, tarry stool
  • suicidal thoughts
  • thirst
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • increased urinary frequency
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • sudden or unexplained weight gain
  • slow wound healing

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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