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Does a steroid dexamethasone effect your lungs in a bad way or in anyway?

Does a steroid dexamethasone effect your lungs in a bad way or in anyway?

No: It will not affect your lungs in a bad way, as long as it is taken for short periods of time(days to a few weeks ). ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Does dexamethasone steroid effect your breathing in anyway good or bad?

Does dexamethasone steroid effect your breathing in anyway good or bad?

Dexamethasone helps: Dexamethasone and other streoids are often used short term for breathing problems such as asthma and can be quite helpful. These medications are generally safe for short term use but have more side effects if needed for long term. ...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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Could dexamethasone sodium phosphate be used as a muscle steroid?

Could dexamethasone sodium phosphate be used as a muscle steroid?

Dexamethasone phosph: No it can not be and it can be very dangerous if you use for that purpose. ...Read more

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Could dexamethasone sodium phosphate be used as a steroid to gain muscle?

Could dexamethasone sodium phosphate be used as a steroid to gain muscle?

Perhaps...: Any steroid can be used to increase muscle mass. However , keep in mind that this may result in increased blood sugar, diabetes and erratic behavior (aggressive) , acne and heart disease. ...Read more

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Could dexamethasone sodium phosphate be used as a muscle building steroid?

Could dexamethasone sodium phosphate be used as a muscle building steroid?

Just the opposite : Dexamethasone is not an anabolic steroid. Taking it without a doctor's prescription will cause serious health problems, including cushing's syndrome. The person will gain abdominal weight, lose muscle from arms and legs, the immune system may become suppressed. Etc. Not desirable. Patients taking this drug do so for other health problems and also deal with some side effects. ...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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I had a reaction to Decadron (dexamethasone). It made my heart race all day long. Is it safe to take another steroid?

Should be fine: Oral steroids have various side effects. Each individual tolerates these medication differently. Your symptoms are not concerning for an allergic reaction. Talk with your prescribing physician about your symptoms, but I believe a trail on a different steroid would be fine. ...Read more

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Does the ER give steroid shots like decadron, (dexamethasone) solu-medrol for allergic reactions and rashes?

Does the ER give steroid shots like decadron, (dexamethasone) solu-medrol for allergic reactions and rashes?

Yes: Emergency departments can treat this; you would be better off by going to a primary care physician and establishing a relationship for long-term care. ...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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Dr.Use dexamethasone for lungs damage infection toxoplasma but not respond. My baby must to die or not? By olny the way ... Down respirator ?

Dr.Use dexamethasone for lungs damage  infection toxoplasma but not respond. My baby must to die or not? By olny the way ... Down respirator ?

Oh so sorry: It sounds like the doctors are doing everything they can to save your little baby. It's lungs still have a chance, we can only hope until it is over. I will keep you in my special prayers. ...Read more

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Took dexamethasone and Clomid to help ovulate. Did bloodwordk at day 22 to check progesterone level? Came back as 5. Last time was 0.4 without taking the steroid. Been spotting a little bit for 3 days and bad acne. Did I ovulate and could I be pregnant?

Took dexamethasone and Clomid to help ovulate. Did bloodwordk at day 22 to check progesterone level? Came back as 5. Last time was 0.4 without taking the steroid. Been spotting a little bit for 3 days and bad acne. Did I ovulate and could I be pregnant?

Yes, maybe: A serum Progesterone level over about 1.5 in the second half of the cycle virtually guarantees ovulation. A single luteal level however can't be used to accurately say how 'good' an ovulation is, that's a common misunderstanding. Could you be pregnant? Maybe, good luck! ...Read more

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I thought i had strained my cfl on my right ankle so i home remedied it with an injection of dexamethasone 4mg. How bad could this be?

I thought i had strained my cfl on my right ankle so i home remedied it with an injection of dexamethasone 4mg. How bad could this be?

Injection: The location of this ligament could mean peroneal damage as well, and injection acutely into an injured ligament/ tendon could lead to further tearing or damage to integrity. ...Read more

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Pingueculitis from time to time, even with artificial tears. How much and how often should I take dexamethasone? Is it bad in the long term? Why? Thx!

Pingueculitis from time to time, even with artificial tears. How much and how often should I take dexamethasone? Is it bad in the long term? Why? Thx!

Some risk: Dexamethasome eyedrops have a small risk of glaucoma and cataract formation. It might also promote the growth of some microorganisms causing infection. But you can use it for 1-2 week bursts with little likelihood of harm. You might ask your ophthalmologist for a steroid with more limited side effects such as Lotemax (loteprednol) or fluorometholone which can be effective against your inflammations. ...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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Decadron (dexamethasone) drops for new ear tube that's clogged. The drops hurt a lot when i put them in. Is there anyway to make it hurt less?Why does is hurt so bad?

Decadron (dexamethasone) drops for new ear tube that's clogged. The drops hurt a lot when i put them in. Is there anyway to make it hurt less?Why does is hurt so bad?

Giving otic drops: This may be an adverse reaction from the medication itself. Try premedicating with Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). I often find that warming up the drops by rolling the bottle between your hands helps with the discomfort/dizziness that can occur with administration of the medication. ...Read more

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