Decadron is indicated for oral administration. The tablets are supplied in two potencies, 0.5 mg and 0.75 mg. It consists of inactive ingredients like magnesium stearate, lactose, calcium phosphate and starch. It is a synthetic adrenocortical steroid. The pill is white crystalline powder which is odorless and is stable in air and insoluble in water.
Decadron is a corticosteroid, used to treat certain conditions that are associated with adrenal gland functions. It can be used to treat severe inflammation that could be due to certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, severe asthma, ulcerative colitis, some blood disorders, multiple sclerosis, lupus, certain eye and skin conditions.
Decadron works by decreasing or preventing the tissues from responding to inflammation. The pill can also modify the response of the body to act to immune stimulation. It can decrease swelling that are associated with tumors and is also used in the treatment of cancer.
Dosage and Administration
Decadron tablets are available in the dosage strengths of 0.5mg and 0.75mg for oral administration.
The dosage of Decadron though can vary from 0.75mg to 9mg depending upon the type of disease the patient is suffering from. The dosage strength is individualized as per the patient’s illness and their response to the medication.
Decadron pills can be taken by mouth as it is indicated for oral administration. It can be taken with a glass of water or with food or milk for those who have stomach upset. If the physician recommend taking it once every day, then it is better to consume the pill in the morning before 9 A.M.
Use Decadron as advised by the physician and do not change the dosage strength of the pill at any instant as doing so can result in unnecessary health complications. Never take two doses at once as it might become fatal. Your physician might change the dosage strength from time to time to notice the effect of the drug in your body and the duration of the pill can depend upon your response to the medication. Reduce the dosage strengths slowly so as to minimize the side effects.
In case of Missing a dose and overdosing
A missed dose of decadron can be taken as soon as you remember. If it is already time to take the subsequent dosage then you can skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose. It is better to take the medicine on time every day so that there are no chances for a missed dose.
In case if you have overdosed Decadron, then call for poison helpline immediately or rush to the nearest hospital to treat yourself for the overdose.
The side effects can be predictive in terms of their duration and onset. The side effects of Decadron are almost reversible and will subside when the treatment is complete. Common changes include blood pressure, muscle weakness, heartburn, irritability, increased appetite, swelling of the ankles, feet. Other side effects include dizziness, changes in mood, headache, thinning of the bone.
What drugs interact with Decadron?
Taking certain over the counter medications, herbal or dietary supplements or other prescription medications can pose a threat to one’s health condition welcoming negative reactions. Do not take aspirin or products that contain aspirin while taking Decadron unless it is requested by the physician. Some drugs that can interact with this medicine are birth control pills, cancer medications, blood thinners, HIV protease inhibitors. Have a word with your consulting physician before taking any of these medicines.