Dexamethasone Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.
Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.
The medicine can increase your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check with your doctor if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
decrease in the amount of urine
fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
noisy, rattling breathing
numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
pounding in the ears
shortness of breath
swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
troubled breathing at rest
Incidence not known
Abdominal cramping and/or burning (severe)
bloody, black, or tarry stools
cough or hoarseness
darkening of skin
decrease in height
facial hair growth in females
fever or chills
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
full or round face, neck, or trunk
heartburn and/or indigestion (severe and continuous)
loss of appetite
loss of sexual desire or ability
lower back or side pain
muscle pain or tenderness
muscle wasting or weakness
pain in back, ribs, arms, or legs
painful or difficult urination
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Incidence not known
Abnormal fat deposits on the face, neck, and trunk
lightening of normal skin color
reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
swelling of the stomach area
thinning of the scalp hair
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.