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Any side effects of dexamethasone suppression test?

Any side effects of dexamethasone suppression test?

No: No special precautions are required for the Dexamethasone suppression tests, as side effects are virtually absent, and either test can be conducted on an outpatient basis by a compliant patient. Obviously, the test cannot be performed if the patient is receiving exogenous acth or other glucocorticoids. ...Read more

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I am really scared of taking the dexamethasone suppression test. What will my EXACT possible side effects be? Is my heart going to race? :- (

I am really scared of taking the dexamethasone suppression test. What will my EXACT possible side effects be? Is my heart going to race? :- (

No side effects: There are no side effects from a dexamethasone suppression test. Your heart will not race. It's harmless. The dose used (1 mg) is too small for you to feel anything, but large enough to produce a change in your cortisol level which can only be detected by a sensitive blood test. ...Read more

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Is a dexamethasone suppression test dangerous?

Is a dexamethasone suppression test dangerous?

No: It's much less dangerous than missing cushing's or the brain malfunction that can produce serious mental illness. Please go ahead if your physician has asked for it. I've never heard of anyone having an adverse outcome from this test. ...Read more

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What is dexamethasone suppression test?

What is dexamethasone suppression test?

Less than 2 mcg/ dL: The dex suppression test determines whether the adrenal glands are physiology intact. Dexamethasone is a synthetic steroid that suppresses endogenous cortisol to less tha 2mcg/ dl when taken at bedtime. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a dexamethasone suppression test done?

Where do I go to get a dexamethasone suppression test done?

Home: You pick up the Dexamethasone pill at the pharmacy (with prescription from your doc), then take the dex pill at night before bedtime. Wake up in the am the next morning and go to the lab to get a blood draw for am cortisol. Very simple. ...Read more

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Is it normal after taking the overnight dexamethasone suppression test to have your cortisol level be <0.8 mcg/dl, also did not fast.?

Is it normal after taking the overnight dexamethasone suppression test to have your cortisol level be <0.8 mcg/dl, also did not fast.?

Dex suppression test: 41 F from UT asks: Is it normal after taking overnight sex to have cortisol < 0.8 msg/dl and did not fast. ANS: To decide it it is normal I need to know a few more things. 1. What was the dose or Dex? 2. Why was it done? 3. What are the normal ranges for that lab? 4. What other meds were you taking? So can consult with me so I can get more details and answer better. But probably OK. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink small amount of alcohol night before dexamethasone suppression test?, does alcohol interfere with the test and pills I need to take

Is it ok to drink small amount of alcohol night before dexamethasone suppression test?, does alcohol interfere with the test and pills I need to take

Not a good idea: It seems you are taking sertraline, lorazepam, and promethazine - in this setting you may want to avoid alcohol altogether. Drinking a small amount of alcohol the night before the test is probably not going to interfere with the test, but it defeats the purpose of a test to have factors potentially interfere with the test, when they can easily be avoided. ...Read more

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Confused about dexamethasone suppression test. How can taking a steroid LOWER cortisol levels? Having this to check for cushing's.

Confused about dexamethasone suppression test. How can taking a steroid LOWER cortisol levels? Having this to check for cushing's.

Cortisol: If your adrenal glands are working correctly a dose of dexamethasone would lower the cortisol levels. Have you had cortisol levels drawn without dexamethasone? Do you have symptoms related to cortisol? ...Read more

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50 year-old woman, still has high cortisol levels, despite a pituitary hypophysectomy last year that resulted from evaluation of her high BP.....?

50 year-old woman, still has high cortisol levels, despite a pituitary hypophysectomy last year that resulted from evaluation of her high BP.....?

Cushings: Cushings is a complicated problem. You have had excellent care, but it does appear that the hypophysectomy was not totally successful. Consult your endocrinoligist. You will need repeat ACTH levels and another suppression test to decide on further possible therapy ...Read more

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What are Decadron (dexamethasone) side effects?

Decadron (dexamethasone): With a single shot usually none. Sometimes a steroid shot makes you have insomnia or retain water. Repeated shots or pills will have the potential for many other side effects including immune alteration, changes in your appearance, worsening of glucose levels, osteoporosis etc. ...Read more

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What side effects from maxidex (dexamethasone)?

Cataract/glaucoma: Maxidex is a potent topical steroid, dexamethasone. If used for prolonged periods of times, generally more than a couple of weeks, it is possible to have elevated intraocular pressure which can lead to glaucoma. Even more prolonged use, months, can lead to a certain type of cataract. Be sure you are taking it as prescribed, for an important reason, and see your eye md to look for side effects. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Decadron (dexamethasone)?

What side effects are associated with Decadron (dexamethasone)?

Steroid side effects: Decadron also known as dexamethasone is a potent steroid that can be taken as pill, injection or cream. Side effects are like other steroids but can include stomach upset, headache, dizziness, menstrual changes, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, weight gain, and mood changes. With prolonged use it may decrease body defense to infections, affect bones, muscles and eyes. ...Read more

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Treating side-effects of dexamethasone?

Treating side-effects of dexamethasone?

Avoidance: Most important is getting off the steroid - if medical condition allows, assure bone protective measures, close monitoring of blood sugar, and often second opinion. ...Read more

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Wat is the side effects of dexamethasone use for long period? And what is the withdrawal effects?

Side effect: To put it simple, your mood will change, your fat issues will migrate, and your immune system will be more vulnerable. Withdrawal is when you discontinue it sharply, you might get a chance of infection/ reinfection and/or worsening of condition. ...Read more

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If you get 10 cervical epidural blocks with steroid (dexamethasone 2mg) in 12 months, is it too much? What kinda side effects are expected in such?

Did this happen?: Indications for cervical epidural block include evidence both clinically and radiologically for a compressed nerve in the neck, cervical radiculopathy. We usually consider 3 such injections per year the maximum. 10 would be considered far beyond the ordinary, and would increase risks of spinal cord injury and even death. If you have experienced this, get an immediate second opinion. ...Read more

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Do side effects of Decadron (dexamethasone) include facial acne?

Do side effects of Decadron (dexamethasone) include facial acne?

Steroid side effects: Acne is most certainly a side effect of steroids. Not only can it be facial but it can also occur on the trunk and extremities. ...Read more

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Side effects from Decadron (dexamethasone) and depo-medrol?

Side effects from Decadron (dexamethasone) and depo-medrol?

Same drugs: When used in short courses (a week or so) the side effects of insomnia, agitation, or fluid retention are usually tolerable. Longer use opens a "pandoras box" of side effects. ...Read more

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I have to take dexamethasone for a procedure, but respond badly to it (anxiety, depression.) Is there a medication to counter these side effects?

I have to take dexamethasone for a procedure, but respond badly to it (anxiety, depression.) Is there a medication to counter these side effects?

Warn your provider: Before the procedure, fully advise your team of your bad reaction - they can be prepared to help you minimize or counteract it better than anyone one else. Since those are fairly common reactions, they may be familiar w/ the issue. Also, this sounds like a short-term exposure and there may be few or weaker reactions. Be optimistic - I hope the procedure is successful and reaction mild. ...Read more

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Side effects from Decadron (dexamethasone) and depo-medrol medicines?

Many: These are corticosteroids. With most medications, there are possible side effects; with these steroids, they are guaranteed. It is only a matter of which ones will occur. From osteoporosis, bone fracture, skin tearing, death. They can be critical to preserve life, but should be used with careful consideration, as to whether other safer medications would be more appropriate. ...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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Got an extra period this month, on day 17 of cycle. Would the dexamethasone I took for suppression test that week have caused this?

Got an extra period this month, on day 17 of cycle. Would the dexamethasone I took for suppression test that week have caused this?

Generally not: Hi. The standard overnight sex suppression test uses a one-time sex dose of 1 mg. I would not expect any effect on your period (or to cause an extra one), but never say never. If you DO have Cushing's, that generally doesn't throw in a lot of EXTRA periods either. ...Read more