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Dexamethasone 500 micrograms Tablets Dexamethasone 2mg Tablets
Dexamethasone 500 micrograms Tablets
Dexamethasone 2mg Tablets
Now read the rest of this leaflet. It includes other important information on the safe and effective use of this medicine that might be especially important to you. This leaflet was last updated in January 2022.
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Dexamethasone Tablets
3. How to take Dexamethasone Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dexamethasone Tablets
6. Further information
Dexamethasone belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. Their full name is corticosteroids. These corticosteroids occur naturally in the body, and help to maintain health and well-being. Boosting your body with extra corticosteroid (such as dexamethasone) is an effective way to treat various illnesses involving inflammation in the body. Dexamethasone reduces this inflammation, which could otherwise go on making your condition worse. You must take this medicine regularly to get maximum benefit from it. Some of the illnesses and conditions that dexamethasone is used for include:
If any of the above apply to you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If either of these applies to you, talk to a doctor before taking dexamethasone.
Treatment with this medicine may cause pheochromocytoma crisis, which can be fatal. Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumour of the adrenal glands. Crisis can occur with following symptoms: headaches, sweating, palpitations, and hypertension. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience these signs.
Before taking the tablets, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions as additional monitoring may be required:
Dexamethasone should not be used routinely in preterm neonates with respiratory problems.
Long term use of steroids at high doses may cause slowing of growth in children. Your doctor may check your child’s height at intervals during treatment and reduce the dose if any effects are seen.
Mental health problems can happen while taking steroids like dexamethasone (see Section 4 Possible side effects)
Talk to a doctor if you (or someone taking this medicine), show any signs of mental problems. This is particularly important if you are depressed, or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases, mental problems have happened when doses are being lowered or stopped.
These infections will become more serious during treatment with steroids, and you will require urgent specialist care if you become exposed to someone with these infections. DO NOT stop taking the tablets.
If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, you should AVOID contact with anyone who has these illnesses.
If you think that you have been exposed to any of these infections, seek immediate medical attention. Do this if you are taking these tablets, or have taken them during the previous 3 months.
If you have an accident, become ill, require any surgery (including at the dentist’s), or are to have any ‘live virus’ vaccinations during or after treatment with Dexamethasone Tablets, you MUST tell the person treating you that you are taking or have taken steroids.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription and herbal preparations. Some medicines may be affected by dexamethasone or they may affect how well dexamethasone will work.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
Dexamethasone may pass to your unborn baby or into breast milk.
DO NOT take dexamethasone if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or while breast-feeding unless advised to by your doctor.
Steroids may affect sperm count and movement, in men.
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine.
Dexamethasone is unlikely to affect your ability to operate machinery or to drive.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Always take Dexamethasone Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you and always read the label. Your doctor will decide on the appropriate dose to suit your condition. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and the elderly:
The usual dexamethasone starting dose is 500mcg to 9mg per day.
Your doctor will tell you the correct dose and when to take it depending on your condition, and may give you the lowest dose to reduce side effects and to control your condition.
Your doctor may change the dose during treatment.
Elderly patients will be monitored more frequently.
Children: usually a single dose on alternate days will be given. The doctor will also monitor growth and development at intervals during treatment.
Because of possible side effects, your doctor may monitor you at intervals during your treatment.
You may be given a blue ‘steroid treatment card’: always keep it with you and show it to any doctor, pharmacist or nurse treating you.
See your doctor if you develop any new infections while taking these tablets.
Prolonged use may lead to eye problems e.g. cataracts or glaucoma.
Withdrawal symptoms, such as fever, muscle weakness or pain, aching joints or malaise (feeling ill), may occur after stopping long term treatment with dexamethasone.
1. Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
2. Take the tablet pack/container and any remaining tablets with you so that people can see what you have taken.
3. Do this even if you feel well.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, but if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Stopping this medicine suddenly can be dangerous, and may cause:
Keep taking the tablets until your doctor tells you how and when to stop.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine, especially over the weekends or on holidays.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Dexamethasone Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them. Some side effects only happen after weeks or months.
Seek medical help immediately if you have any of the following allergic reactions:
Also seek immediate medical attention if you have come in contact with anyone suffering from chickenpox, shingles or measles.
Steroids including dexamethasone can cause serious mental health problems.
These are common in both adults and children. They can affect about 5 in every 100 people taking medicines like dexamethasone.
If you notice any of these problems talk to a doctor straight away.
Blood or skin tests: tell the doctor or nurse if you are having a blood test for bacterial infection, or skin test, as the results may be affected.
If any of the side effects get troublesome, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Dexamethasone 500 microgram Tablets are round, white tablets, 6mm in diameter.
Dexamethasone 500 microgram Tablets are available in packs of 30 tablets (3 blisters of 10 tablets) or 28 tablets (2 blisters of 14 tablets).
Dexamethasone 2mg Tablets are round, white tablets, 6mm in diameter, and with the letters D2 on one side.
Dexamethasone 2mg Tablets are available in packs of 50 tablets (5 blisters of 10 tablets) or 28 tablets (2 blisters of 14 tablets).
This leaflet was last revised in 01/2022