Decadron Tablets

Generic name: Dexamethasone.

Other brand names: Dexameth, Dexone, Hexadrol.

Decadron is an anti-inflammatory/corticosteroid. It works by stimulating the synthesis of enzymes needed to decrease the inflammatory response. 

Quick Facts About Decadron Tablets


Used to treat inflammation and symptoms of several disorders including: rheumatoid arthritis, severe asthma, and a lack of sufficient adrenal hormone. Also used to treat: allergic conditions (severe), blood disorders, certain cancers, connective tissue diseases, digestive tract disease, high serum levels of calcium associated with cancer, fluid retention due to kidney damage, eye diseases, lung diseases, skin diseases.

Decadron Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed. Doctor may suggest taking with meals to prevent peptic ulcers. Consult with your doctor before abruptly stopping medication.

  • Usual adult dose: 0.75 to 9 milligrams per day. After the achieved response occurs, dosage will be lowered by your doctor.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Decadron Tablets Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific symptoms have been reported. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: abdominal distension, allergic reactions, blood clots, bone fractures and degeneration, bruises, cataracts, congestive heart failure, convulsions, “cushingoid” symptoms (moon face, weight gain, high blood pressure, emotional disturbances, growth of facial hair in women), emotional disturbances, excessive hairiness, fluid and salt retention, general feeling of illness, glaucoma, headache, hiccups, high blood pressure, hives, increased appetite, increased eye pressure, increased sweating, increases in amounts of Insulin or hypoglycemic medications needed in diabetes, inflammation of esophagus, inflammation of pancreas, irregular menstruation, loss of muscle mass, low potassium levels in blood, muscle weakness, nausea, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer, perforated small and large bowel, poor healing of wounds, protruding eyeballs, ruptured tendons, suppression of growth in children, thin skin, tiny red or purplish spots on the skin, vertigo, weight gain.

No known less common or rare Decadron Tablets side effects.


Inform your doctor before combining Decadron Tablets with:

aspirin; blood thinners such as Coumadin and Panwarfin; ephedrine; indomethacin (Indocin); phenobarbital; phenytoin (Dilantin); potassium-depleting diuretics such as HydroDIURIL; rifampin (Rifadin or Rimactane).

 No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Adrenal problems may occur in infants whose mothers take corticosteroids during pregnancy. Corticosteroids appear in breast milk and can suppress growth in infants.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prestribed for children.

  • Do not use if you have a fungal infection, or are sensitive to or allergic to the ingredients in Decadron.
  • Do not get a smallpox vaccination while you are taking Decadron.
  • Inform your doctor before taking Decadron if you have: allergies to cortisone-like drugs, cirrhosis, diabetes, diverticulitis, eye infection (herpes simplex), glaucoma, high blood pressure, impaired thyroid function, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer, recent heart attack, tuberculosis, ulcerative colitis.
  • May experience lowered resistance to infections, or may mask the signs of infection. Immediately inform your doctor if exposed to measles or chicken pox; can be serious or fatal in adults.
  • May alter your body’s reaction to unusual stress; higher dosage may be prescribed by your doctor.
  • Dormant tuberculosis may be activated by Decadron. Your doctor should prescribe anti-tuberculosis medication if taking Decadron for a prolonged period.
  • After Decadron therapy ends, may experience withdrawal symptoms such as fever, muscle or joint pain, and a feeling of illness.
  • Can alter male fertility.
  • May cause or aggravate existing emotional problems; notify your doctor if you experience mood changes.
  • Inform your doctor of recent trips to the tropics as well as any diarrhea.

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