Specific Safety Issues With Decadron
Specific Precautions and Warnings With DecadronSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include the following:
- People taking steroids, including Decadron, may need a higher dose during times of unusual stress, such as an injury, infection, or emotional stress. Talk with your healthcare provider about adjusting your Decadron dose in times of stress.
- Decadron can elevate blood pressure. It may also cause your body to retain salt and water, which can lead to swelling (edema). Let your healthcare provider know if you experience body swelling, unexplained weight gain, or an increase in blood pressure while taking Decadron. He or she may recommend that you follow a low-salt diet.
- This medicine can weaken the immune system, increasing your risk for illness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have signs of an infection, such as chills, fever, or muscle aches, while taking Decadron. Also contact your healthcare provider immediately if you are exposed to chicken pox, measles, or tuberculosis.
- Do not receive vaccinations or immunizations while taking Decadron without first checking with your healthcare provider.
- Decadron can cause eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, vision changes, and eye infections. Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any changes in your vision or other eye problems during Decadron treatment.
- Do not stop taking Decadron without talking to your healthcare provider. Because your body becomes accustomed to this medication, it will begin to gradually stop making its own natural steroids. In most cases, your dose will need to be reduced slowly to allow the body time to adjust. If the medication is stopped too quickly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle pain
- People with certain medical conditions, such as heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, ulcers, and osteoporosis, may be more sensitive to the effects of Decadron. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely if you have a condition that makes you more susceptible to Decadron side effects.
- This medicine can increase blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, your healthcare provider may recommend that you test your blood sugar more frequently. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted.
- Decadron can cause mood or psychiatric changes. These changes can range from insomnia or mood changes to severe depression or hallucinations. Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any changes in your mood or mental health while using this drug.
- This medication can affect the bones. It may slow bone growth in children, and can cause osteoporosis in both adults and children. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about these potential effects of Decadron.
- Some Decadron products may contain sodium bisulfite, which may cause an allergic reaction in people with sulfite sensitivity. Although sulfite sensitivity is quite rare, it may be more common in people with asthma.
- Your healthcare provider will monitor your response to Decadron with certain tests. It is important to keep all your appointments with your provider.
- Decadron may react with a number of other medications (see Decadron Drug Interactions).
- Decadron is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Decadron and Pregnancy for more information).
- Decadron is thought to pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before using Decadron (see Decadron and Breastfeeding).