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Long-Term and Serious Reactions to Decadron

Long-Term Side Effects

Some side effects are more common in people who take Decadron over a long period of time. Possible long-term Decadron side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Acne
  • Easy bruising
  • Weight gain
  • Fluid retention
  • Cataracts
  • Decreased bone density or osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Bulging eyes
  • Increased hair growth in women
  • Cushing's Syndrome, which could cause upper-body obesity, a rounded face, and increased fat around the neck
  • Growth suppression in children.

Side Effects of Decadron to Report

Some side effects of this medicine are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Slowly healing wounds
  • A cold or infection that doesn't go away
  • Extreme mood changes, such as severe depression or euphoria (an exaggerated sense of well-being)
  • Psychosis or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't there)
  • Signs of a gastrointestinal bleed or ulcer, such as coughing up blood, blood in the stool, or black, tarry stools
  • Severe tendon or joint pain or a ruptured tendon
  • Fungal infections of the skin, nails, or mucous membranes
  • Fluid retention or swelling (edema)
  • High blood sugar, especially in people with diabetes
  • Problems with vision, including loss of peripheral vision, blurred or clouded vision, or double vision
  • Muscle weakness
  • Seizures
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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