How should I take Corticetine?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Your dose needs may change due to surgery, illness, stress, or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Corticetine.
Do not stop using Corticetine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
In case of emergency, wear or carry medical identification to let others know you use Corticetine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Before taking Corticetine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: infections (e.g., tuberculosis, herpes, fungal infections), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood conditions (e.g., psychosis, anxiety, depression), low blood minerals (e.g., low potassium/calcium), thyroid disease, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcer, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, unexplained diarrhea), high blood pressure, heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure, recent heart attack), diabetes, eye diseases (e.g., cataracts, glaucoma, herpes infection of the eye), brittle bones (osteoporosis), history of blood clots.
This medication may mask signs of infection or put you at greater risk of developing very serious infections. Report any injuries or signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat/fever/cough, pain during urination, muscle aches) that occur during treatment.
Using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past 12 months. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness or weight loss. If you will be using this medication for a long time, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your use of this medication.
Do not have immunizations, vaccinations, or skin tests unless specifically directed by your doctor. Live vaccines may cause serious complications (e.g., infection) if given while you are taking this medication. Avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine or flu vaccine inhaled through the nose.
Avoid contact with people who have chickenpox or measles unless you have previously had these diseases (e.g., in childhood). If you are exposed to one of these infections and you have not previously had it, seek immediate medical attention.
If you have a history of ulcers or take large doses of aspirin or other arthritis medication, limit alcoholic beverages while taking this medication to decrease the risk of stomach/intestinal bleeding. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If you have diabetes, this drug may make it harder to control your blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and inform your doctor of the results. Your medicine, exercise plan, or diet may need to be adjusted.
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
This medication may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. Consult the doctor or pharmacist for more details. See the doctor regularly so your child's height and growth can be checked.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have been using this medication for an extended time and/or at high doses may have low levels of corticosteroid hormone. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn.
This drug may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.
Pregnancy and Corticetine
Decadron may harm a developing fetus.
You and your doctor will need to determine if the benefits of taking Decadron outweigh the potential risks.
If you become pregnant while taking Decadron, contact your doctor right away.
Corticosteroids appear in breast milk and could hamper a baby’s growth or cause other unwanted side effects.
If you are taking Decadron, your doctor will advise you not to breastfeed.
How should this medicine be used?
Corticetine comes as a tablet and a solution to take by mouth. Your doctor will prescribe a dosing schedule that is best for you. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Corticetine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Do not stop taking Corticetine without talking to your doctor. Stopping the drug abruptly can cause loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, headache, fever, joint and muscle pain, peeling skin, and weight loss. If you take large doses for a long time, your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually to allow your body to adjust before stopping the drug completely. Watch for these side effects if you are gradually decreasing your dose and after you stop taking the tablets or oral liquid, even if you switch to an inhalation corticosteroid medication. If these problems occur, call your doctor immediately. You may need to increase your dose of tablets or liquid temporarily or start taking them again.
Corticetine injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- slowed healing of cuts and bruises
- thin, fragile, or dry skin
- red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
- skin depressions at the injection site
- increased body fat or movement to different areas of your body
- inappropriate happiness
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- extreme changes in mood changes in personality
- increased sweating
- muscle weakness
- joint pain
- irregular or absent menstrual periods
- increased appetite
- injection site pain or redness
By Kathleen Doheny | Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD
Latest Update: 2014-12-03 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
What are the uses for Corticetine?
Corticetine is used for reducing inflammation in many conditions. Some examples include:
Severe allergic conditions that fail to respond to other treatments also may respond to Corticetine. Examples include:
Chronic skin conditions treated with Corticetine include:
Chronic allergic and inflammatory conditions of the uvea, iris, conjunctiva and optic nerves of the eyes also are treated with Corticetine.
Corticetine is used in the treatment of cancers of the white blood cells (leukemias), and lymph gland cancers (lymphomas). Blood diseases involving destruction by the body's own immune system of platelets are also treated with Corticetine, disease like idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura, and red blood cells (autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Other miscellaneous conditions treated with Corticetine include thyroiditis and sarcoidosis.
Finally, Corticetine is used as replacement therapy in patients whose adrenal glands are unable to produce sufficient amounts of corticosteroids.
Many of the medical problems treated by this drug are “off label”; that is, its use is not sanctioned or approved by the FDA.
For people with certain health conditions
For people with infections. Corticetine may make a systemic fungal infection worse. (Systemic means it affects the whole body, not just one part.) This drug shouldn’t be used if you’re taking medication to treat a systemic fungal infection. Also, Corticetine may hide the signs of a non-fungal infection.
For people with congestive heart failure. Corticetine can increase sodium levels, edema (swelling), and potassium loss. This can make your heart failure worse. Before taking this drug, talk to your doctor about whether it’s safe for you.
For people with high blood pressure. Corticetine can increase sodium levels and edema (swelling). This can increase your blood pressure. Before taking this drug, talk to your doctor about whether it’s safe for you.
For people with peptic ulcers. Corticetine can increase the risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding and ulcers. If you have peptic ulcers or other conditions of the intestines, talk to your doctor about whether this drug is safe for you. Conditions of the intestines include:
- ulcerative colitis
For people with osteoporosis. Corticetine decreases bone formation. It also increases bone resorption (breakdown of bone). As a result, it raises the risk of osteoporosis (bone thinning). The risk is higher for people already at an increased risk of osteoporosis. These include postmenopausal women.
For people with hyperthyroidism. This drug is removed from the body more quickly than normal. Your doctor may adjust your dose of this drug based on your condition.
For people with eye problems. Long-term use of Corticetine may cause eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma. Your risk is higher if you already have eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, or increased pressure in the eye.
For people with tuberculosis. If you have latent tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity, Corticetine can re-activate the disease. If you test positive for tuberculosis, talk with your doctor about whether taking this drug is safe for you.
For people with recent history of heart attack. If you’ve recently had a heart attack, use of Corticetine may lead to a tear in your heart muscle. Before you start this drug, be sure your doctor knows you’ve had a recent heart attack.
For people with diabetes. Corticetine can increase blood sugar levels. As a result, your doctor may change the dose of your antidiabetic drugs.
For people with myasthenia gravis (MG). If you have MG, using Corticetine with certain drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease can cause severe weakness. Examples of these drugs include memantine, rivastigmine, and donepezil. If possible, wait at least 24 hours after taking these drugs to start Corticetine therapy.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
When you start to take Corticetine, ask your doctor what to do if you forget a dose. Write down these instructions so that you can refer to them later.
If you take Corticetine once a day, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Unusual tiredness
- Unusual dizziness
- stomach pain
- nausea or vomiting
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
Corticetine oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with Corticetine are listed below.
Drug-drug. Barbiturates, phenytoin, rifampin: decreased Corticetine effects
Digoxin: increased risk of digoxin toxicity
Ephedrine: increased Corticetine clearance
Estrogen, hormonal contraceptives: blocking of Corticetine metabolism
Fluoroquinolones: increased risk of tendon rupture
Itraconazole, ketoconazole: increased Corticetine blood level and effects
Live-virus vaccines: decreased antibody response to vaccine, increased risk of adverse reactions
Loop and thiazide diuretics: additive hypokalemia
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: increased risk of GI adverse effects
Somatrem, somatropin: decreased response to these drugs
Drug-diagnostic tests. Calcium, potassium: decreased levels
Cholesterol, glucose: increased levels
Nitroblue tetrazolium test: false-negative result
Drug-herbs. Echinacea: increased immune-stimulating effect
Ginseng: potentiation of immunemodulating response
Drug-behaviors. Alcohol use: increased risk of gastric irritation and GI ulcers