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dexamethasone (injection) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using dexamethasone?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to dexamethasone or sulfites, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.

Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Steroids can also worsen an infection you already have, or reactivate an infection you recently had. Before using this medication, tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.

Other medical conditions you should tell your doctor about before using dexamethasone include:

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use dexamethasone.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Dexamethasone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Steroids can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

How is dexamethasone injection given?

Dexamethasone is given as an injection into a muscle or through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Your steroid medication needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.

This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using dexamethasone.

Dexamethasone injection is usually given for only a few days. After your treatment ends, you may have withdrawal symptoms such as fever, weakness, and joint or muscle pain. Talk to your doctor about how to treat or avoid any withdrawal symptoms.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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