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Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol

Complete list of drugs used to treat arthritis.

Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol, a corticosteroid, is similar to a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands. It often is used to replace this chemical when your body does not make enough of it. It relieves inflammation (swelling, heat, redness, and pain) and is used to treat certain forms of arthritis; skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and intestinal disorders (e.g., colitis); severe allergies; and asthma. Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol also is used to treat certain types of cancer.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol be used?

Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol comes as a tablet and a solution to take by mouth. Your doctor will prescribe a dosing schedule that is best for you. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Do not stop taking Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol without talking to your doctor. Stopping the drug abruptly can cause loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, headache, fever, joint and muscle pain, peeling skin, and weight loss. If you take large doses for a long time, your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually to allow your body to adjust before stopping the drug completely. Watch for these side effects if you are gradually decreasing your dose and after you stop taking the tablets or oral liquid, even if you switch to an inhalation. If these problems occur, call your doctor immediately. You may need to increase your dose of tablets or liquid temporarily or start taking them again.

Before taking Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol, aspirin, tartrazine (a yellow dye in some processed foods and drugs), or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking especially anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin), arthritis medications, aspirin, cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics ('water pills'), ephedrine, estrogen (Premarin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin (Rifadin), theophylline (Theo-Dur), and vitamins.
  • if you have a fungal infection (other than on your skin), do not take Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol without talking to your doctor.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease; diabetes; an underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; mental illness; myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; herpes eye infection; seizures; tuberculosis (TB); or ulcers.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol, call your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol.
  • if you have a history of ulcers or take large doses of aspirin or other arthritis medication, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages while taking this drug. Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol makes your stomach and intestines more susceptible to the irritating effects of alcohol, aspirin, and certain arthritis medications: this effect increases your risk of ulcers.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Your doctor may instruct you to follow a low-sodium, low-salt, potassium-rich, or high-protein diet. Follow these directions.

Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol may cause an upset stomach. Take Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol with food or mi

What side effects can this Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol cause?

Although side effects from Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • stomach irritation
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • restlessness
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • acne
  • increased hair growth
  • easy bruising
  • irregular or absent menstrual periods

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • skin rash
  • swollen face, lower legs, or ankles
  • vision problems
  • cold or infection that lasts a long time
  • muscle weakness
  • black or tarry stool
 
 

 

 

   

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