Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that is similar to a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used to replace the chemical when the body does not make enough hormones. It is available as oral tablets, oral solution, and eye drops....
Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Dexamethasone?
A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. The doctor should also know about other health supplements like herbal medications, nutritional supplements that you might be taking before starting this medication. Also, tell your doctor specifically if you have diabetes. This medicine may increase glucose levels in your blood or urine. You may need to modify the dose of your diabetes medications.
Q: What are the precautions I should take while on this medicine?
A: Do not take any immunization or vaccination without doctor’s approval while you are on treatment with this medicine. Steroid treatments weaken the immune system. Hence, the doctor should be informed about any infection. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly as the withdrawal symptoms are severe.