Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using dexamethasone injections.
Indications and Usage
Dexamethasone injections are a corticosteroid used for various health diseases and conditions. As an anti-inflammatory medication, dexamethasone sodium phosphate relieves inflammation and decreases swelling. It is used to treat and prevent allergic reactions. It can also be used to treat various conditions including arthritis, certain cancers, ophthalmologic diseases, intestinal disorders, breathing problems asthma, adrenal gland problems, swelling, and skin disease.
It can also be used to treat nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy and to test for Cushing’s syndrome. This injection works by decreasing the body’s natural defense system in order to prevent allergic-type reactions.
It is contraindicated in the patients who are hypersensitive towards dexamethasone. It is also contraindicated in patients who have any fungal infection or are exposed to measles/chickenpox.
Do not take dexamethasone injections if:
- You are allergic to dexamethasone;
- You have tuberculosis, cirrhosis, or another liver disease;
- You have a history of malaria;
- You have osteoporosis, glaucoma, cataracts, ulcerative colitis, depression, or any other mental illness;
- You recently had a heart attack or congestive heart failure;
- You have herpes, an eyes infection, or high blood pressure.
There is little evidence in regards to the use of dexamethasone sodium phosphate during pregnancy or breast feeding, so consult your doctor or healthcare professional before administering the injection.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. Dosage depends on medical condition and treatment response. When used in newborns and certain patients, a preservative-free form should be prescribed with a preservative-free IV fluid.
This drug may have possible interactions with birth control medications, certain cancer drugs, blood thinners, warfarin, NSAIDs, estrogen hormone, replacement, ephedrine, and many others. Tell your doctor if you are taking medications or have any preexisting medical conditions. This medication should not be taken with certain medical conditions or medications.
Symptoms of overdose include trouble breathing and passing out. These symptoms should be reported to a medical health professional. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical help urgently.