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What does it mean when my cortisol level is 0.7 at 8am after a dose of dexamethasone the night before?

What does it mean when my cortisol level is 0.7 at 8am after a dose of dexamethasone the night before?

Normal: Hi. Your doctor ran a standard screening test for Cushing's syndrome, the overnight dexamethasone suppression test. Your cortisol in response to dexamethasone suppressed normally (normal cortisol suppression should be less than 1.8 or so). Therefore, the data are consistent with you not having Cushing's syndrome. ...Read more

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I was in the ER last night and received a dose of dexamethasone and within 10 seconds felt a burning, searing, itching sensation throughout my body th?

I was in the ER last night and received a dose of dexamethasone and within 10 seconds felt a burning, searing, itching sensation throughout my body th?

Burning: You report that you had a "burning,,searing itching sensation" within 10 seconds. Hard to believe but I do trust you. Didn't the ER doctors help you out of that! If not, get hold of them again! Do not be shy! Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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My daughter has a history of chronic itp she was given a 10 mg dose of dexamethasone for 4 days, on day 3 still bleeding. How long do they take to kick in?

My daughter has a history of chronic itp she was given a 10 mg dose of dexamethasone for 4 days, on day 3 still bleeding. How long do they take to kick in?

Call the doctor: First thing to do is call the doctor. Maybe the dose is not large enough to suppress the autoimmune process just yet or it might be a cumulative effect that will take time. The Dexamethasone is in her system within 6 hours and has a long half life up to 54 hours. ...Read more

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Can doc rule out eyr or oral herpes without tests?Got presc for 1.5 g daily dose of dexamethasone tapering off for 7days & cetirizine. Take meds/not?

Can doc rule out eyr or oral herpes without tests?Got presc for 1.5 g daily dose of dexamethasone tapering off for 7days & cetirizine. Take meds/not?

Yes, ask your doctor: Usually hsv1&2 infections can be diagnosed by visual inspection. Your doctor is there to explain the benefits and risks of taking a drug. The decision to take a medicine or not is yours. ...Read more

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Can a single dose of dexamethasone sodium phosphate 24mg taken at 32 weeks pregnancy cause development or neurological delays in my unborn child?

Can a single dose of dexamethasone sodium phosphate 24mg taken at 32 weeks pregnancy cause development or neurological delays in my unborn child?

No, a single course : of antenatal steroids is considered to be the least risky and most effective treatment for avoiding breathing problems and other complications in premature babies. One study showed fluctuations in fetal heart rate for 4-7 days & some moms have side effects, but no adverse impact on infant development has been found. ...Read more

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Would dexamethasone prematurely stop growth in a teen if taken in small doses?

Would dexamethasone prematurely stop growth in a teen if taken in small doses?

Maybeif not watched: Dexamethasone is an antiflmmatory steroid. It be used orally in the past for asthma and is still use for short peroids of time for asthma, croup, poison ivy, ect.Used over entende periods of time slows the growth velocity and thus should be monitored. Children who have chronic inflammatory or autoimmune diseases may have to take steroids for extended periods weigh the risk benefit ratio. ...Read more

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Would dexamethasone sodium stunt growth if taken in small doses?

Would dexamethasone sodium stunt growth if taken in small doses?

No: If taken for a short period of time the long-term side effects are minimal. But taken chronically it can causes changes in bone tissue. ...Read more

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Do side effects of Decadron (dexamethasone) include facial acne; if so, after how many doses?

Do side effects of Decadron (dexamethasone) include facial acne; if so, after how many doses?

Decadron (dexamethasone) and acne: Facial acne can be seen with the use of decadron (dexamethasone). There is no general rule when or if you will see it. It depends a little on the strength and frequency of the dose. ...Read more

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19mo old given Decadron (dexamethasone) 3 day in ER for amox allergy. Hives return in extreme next day. Prescibed prednisdone 3 oral doses. We are on day 7 of hives can I just continue w/benedrayl vs more steroids?

19mo old given Decadron (dexamethasone) 3 day in ER for amox allergy. Hives return in extreme next day. Prescibed prednisdone 3 oral doses.  We are on day 7 of hives can I just continue w/benedrayl vs more steroids?

Keep connected: Allergic reactions to penicillin type drugs can be dangerous. You should be in daily contact with your doctor. Especially if the interventions don't seem to be doing anything. These reactions can progress to anaphylaxis, angioneurotic edema and even stevens-johnson syndrome. The high dose steroids should be helping. As a doctor i might not be able to sleep knowing your 19 mo old is not better. ...Read more

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The doctor prescribed melpalan, velcade (bortezomib) and dexamethasone for 78 yrs old male with multiple myeloma. He later increase the dose of melphalan from 10 mg to 14 mg despite the treatment progress. Is this warranted considering high AST and alt?

The doctor prescribed melpalan, velcade (bortezomib) and dexamethasone for 78 yrs old male with multiple myeloma. He later increase the dose of melphalan from 10 mg to 14 mg despite the treatment progress. Is this warranted considering high AST and alt?

Speak with physician: The best advice at this point is to speak with the treating physician and ask for an explanation regarding the increase in the medication given the progression of disease on the current treatment. If you are not satisfied with the explanation then by all means seek a second opinion consultation. At times, changes in regimens are easily explained; don't be afraid to ask. ...Read more

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What are the uses for dexamethasone?

What are the uses for dexamethasone?

Steroid: Dexamethasone is a steroid and is used for suppressing inflammation, such as in an arthritic knee or an inflammed airway or sinus. ...Read more

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What is the use of dexamethasone tablet 0.5mg?

What is the use of dexamethasone tablet 0.5mg?

Many uses: Dexamethasone is a member of the glucocorticoid class of steroid drugs, and has many uses in a variety of disorders. It has anti-inflammatory effects and suppresses the immune system's activity. Which disorder is of concern? ...Read more

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How much weight did you gain while on dexamethasone?

Depends : What and how much you eat are the key. It's you not the drug. The drug increases appetite and you decide what to eat. ...Read more

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What are the special requirements for a dexamethasone testing?

What are the special requirements for a dexamethasone testing?

Cushing synd. types: Dexamethasone suppression test is done to differentiate varies types of cushing syndrome response of gland to acth ( pituitary axis )by measuring cortisol levels like a) primary adrenal cushing b) ectopic acth production c) cushing's disease by pituitary tumor an MRI needed. ...Read more

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Dexamethasone ampule got broken whe i try to open it..is it still safe to administer it IM?

Dexamethasone ampule got broken whe i try to open it..is it still safe to administer it IM?

Maybe not safe: If there was any break in the sterile procedure of drawing up the medication into a syringe, then it is no longer safe to use. It is best to get another ampule, unless one is positive that the medication is still sterile. ...Read more