Dexamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Dexamethasone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, breathing disorders, inflammatory eye conditions, blood cell disorders, leukemia, or endocrine disorders.

Dexamethasone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide

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  • De-Sone LA, Dexacen-4, Dexasone, Dexasone LA, Solurex, Solurex LA
  • Tell your doctor at once if you have:

    problems with your vision;
    swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
    severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions);
    bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
    pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate);
    low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or
    dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
    Common side effects may include:

    sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes;
    acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration;
    slow wound healing;
    increased sweating;
    headache, dizziness, spinning sensation;
    bloating; or
    changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).
  • Your dosage needs may change if you have any 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 unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using dexamethasone.