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Doctor insights on: Weaning Off Dexamethasone

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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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Can children use Maxidex (dexamethasone)?

Can children use Maxidex (dexamethasone)?

No studies have been: Done to prove safety and efficacy in children. Maxidex (dexamethasone) is a Class C drug in pregnancy. Animal studies show that it can cause congenital anomalies in fetuses. No studies have been done in pregnant humans. It is contra-indicated in breastfeeding because it is not know if enough corticosteroid is absorbed to to have a significant amount excreted in breast milk that can cause growth problems in infant ...Read more

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Can children use Decadron (dexamethasone)?

Can children use Decadron (dexamethasone)?

Yes: This medication is safe and effective in patients of all ages. It replicates some of the effects of natural human stress hormones. Its uses and dosing are size and condition specific. ...Read more

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What is Decadron (dexamethasone) used for?

Decadron (dexamethasone): Decadron (dexamethasone) is an anti- inflammation medication (corticosteroid). ...Read more

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Who should not use Maxidex (dexamethasone)?

Who should not use Maxidex (dexamethasone)?

Maxidex (dexamethasone): "Contraindicated in epithelial herpes simplex (dendritic keratitis), vaccinia, varicella, and most other viral diseases of the cornea and conjunctiva; tuberculosis of the eye; fungal disease of ocular structures; and in those persons who have shown hypersensitivity to any component of this preparation." See: https://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/drugInfo. Cfm? Setid=a0aa9dc9-265c-4dd6-9b03-276a4721 ...Read more

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Who should not use Decadron (dexamethasone)?

Who should not use Decadron (dexamethasone)?

Decadron (dexamethasone): Decadron (dexamethasone) is contraindicated in Systemic fungal infections.
Decadron (dexamethasone) tablets are contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to any components of this product. See: http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/decadron. Html ...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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Can I take ativan (lorazepam) and dexamethasone?

Can I take ativan (lorazepam) and dexamethasone?

No reports: No problems are reported of an interaction between these medications - but ALWAYS do discuss all medications and even supplements or unusual diet items w/ your providers. It helps them make better decisions for you and improves their knowledge bank too. Best! ...Read more

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Can I take amoxicillin and dexamethasone at same time?

Can I take amoxicillin and dexamethasone at same time?

Yes: Yes, they are commonly used together. Although Dexamethasone may supress the immune system some, the benefits of reducing the inflammation usually are worth this. ...Read more

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Is dexamethasone injection painful to apply in muscle?

Is dexamethasone injection painful to apply in muscle?

IM injection: Yes, but pain is subjective & will likely be greater if there is more volume injected & if the injection causes more swelling, bleed, or pressure on the nerve or muscle sheath. ...Read more

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Is dexamethasone pills good for pinched cervical nerves?

Is dexamethasone pills good for pinched cervical nerves?

May be!: Steroids are anti inflammatory and can help but they must be prescribed by a doctor as the side effects have to be borne in mind. ...Read more

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Should I be taking dexamethasone to decrease infections?

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Should I be taking dexamethasone to decrease infections?

No!: Dexamethasone is a steroid; as such, it reduces inflammation and stunts the immune system. Dexamethasone use increases risk of infection, not decreases. ...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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Do you know anyone who usually gets decadron (dexamethasone)?

Do you know anyone who usually gets decadron (dexamethasone)?

It is a major: Glucocorticoid, steroid that breaks down muscle, is anti-inflammatory, and oncologists use it in brain metastasis to decrease swelling, also. Also called dexamethasone, used to test pituitary adrenal axis as dex suppression test for acth secreting tumors. ...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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I'm taking decadron (dexamethasone). Will cushings stay away after I stop?

Yes: Typically the symptoms of excessive corticosteroids like Dexamethasone (decadron) will slowly go away once you are of the medication. But it can take many months for this to happen. ...Read more

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How long does i.V. Decadron (dexamethasone) stay in your system, hours or days?

Decadron (dexamethasone): It takes 180-270 hours for Decadron (dexamethasone) to be metabolized by your body. ...Read more