Taking Decadron Safely
Side Effects of DecadronJust like any medicine, Decadron may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common Decadron side effects include but are not limited to:
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Increased sweating
- Eye irritation (burning, stinging, redness) with the eye drops.
(Click Decadron Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsDecadron may react with a number of other medications (see Decadron Drug Interactions).
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medicine if you have:
- Had a recent heart attack
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
- Thyroid problems (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism)
- A systemic fungal infection (a fungal infection that affects the whole body)
- An intestinal infection
- Any signs of an infection
- A case of chickenpox or measles, or have recently been exposed to chickenpox or measles
- Never had chickenpox
- An ulcer, diverticulitis, or ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Myasthenia gravis
- A viral, fungal, or tuberculosis infection of the eye
- A herpes eye infection
- A mental health condition
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Decadron and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Decadron and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Decadron Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)