Deflazacort is used for the treatment of a serious form of asthma and rheumatoi
d arthritis. It works by reducing inflammation and allergy and modifying the response of the immune system. Deflazacort belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids (steroids). It is available in the form of tablet, capsule, injection, syrup, suspension and oral liquid. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding and about all the medicines and supplements you take and all the conditions or diseases you suffer from, before starting deflazacort.
Uses of Deflazacort
Deflazacort is used for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and also in various allergic & inflammatory conditions.
Contraindications of Deflazacort
When should one not use Deflazacort
- If you are allergic to deflazacort or similar medicines.
- If you have an infection and you are not taking any anti-infective medicine.
- If you are having or recently had any vaccination with a live vaccine.
Side effects of Deflazacort
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Injection site reactions
- Acne, hair growth on the face
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
Precautions and Warnings of Deflazacort
Can I take Deflazacort during pregnancy?
Deflazacort should be used during pregnancy only if considered essential by the doctor and potential risks justify the benefits.
Can I take Deflazacort while breastfeeding?
Consult your doctor before using Deflazacort while breastfeeding as corticosteroids pass into breast milk.
Can I drive if I have taken Deflazacort?
Avoid driving if you experience dizziness after taking Deflazacort.
Can I consume alcohol with Deflazacort?
Avoid consuming alcohol with Deflazacort, as it may worsen the side effects.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You have diabetes, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, liver, heart or kidney disease.
- You have a history of depression or mania or a family history of psychiatric disorder.
- You ever had a tuberculosis
- You have a problem with your thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
- You have fits, muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis) or weak or brittle bones (osteoporosis).
- You have an infection in your eye due to herpes simplex virus (Ocular herpes).
- You suffer from a condition called pheochromocytoma (tumour of adrenal gland tissue).
- You are going to take any vaccine
- You have never had chickenpox, measles earlier and anyone in your family has it.
- You have irregular menses
Mode of Action of Deflazacort
How Does It Work?
Deflazacort works by interfering with the release of certain chemicals in your body that causes inflammation and help in relieving inflammation and allergies. It also plays an essential role by modifying immune response thus useful in various autoimmune disorders....
Interactions of Deflazacort
Interactions with other medicines
- Some medicines can affect the way deflazacort works or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
- Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interaction.
- Especially, if you are taking antidiabetic medicines, medicines for epilepsy, certain anti-infectives, blood thinners, antacids and medicines for heart-related disorders.
Dr. Mansi Savla
B. Pharm, PharmD
Dr. Ritu Budania
MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How does Deflazacort work?
A: Deflazacort works by interfering with the release of certain chemicals in your body that causes inflammation and help in relieving inflammation and allergies. It also plays an essential role by modifying immune response thus useful in various autoimmune disorders.
Q: In which all dosage forms is Deflazacort available?
A: Deflazacort is available in the form of tablet, capsule, injection, syrup, suspension and oral liquid.
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