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.
Dexacip 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 Dexacip are listed below.
Why it's used
The Dexacip oral tablet is used to treat conditions that cause inflammation, conditions related to immune system activity, and hormone deficiency. These conditions include:
- allergic reactions
- rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and acute gouty arthritis
- skin diseases, such as pemphigus, severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson syndrome), exfoliative dermatitis, bullous dermatitis herpetiformis, severe seborrheic dermatitis, severe psoriasis, or mycosis fungoides
- flare-ups of intestinal disease, such as ulcerative colitis
- flare-ups of multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis
- pre-treatment for chemotherapy to reduce inflammation and side effects from cancer medications
- adrenal insufficiency (a condition where the adrenal glands don’t produce enough hormones)
Avoid getting vaccines when taking Dexacip. Certain vaccines may not work as well for people taking this drug. Also, the drug may make some live vaccines stronger. This raises the risk of side effects from the vaccine.
How should I take Dexacip?
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 Dexacip.
Do not stop using Dexacip 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 Dexacip.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Your doctor may instruct you to follow a low-sodium, low-salt, potassium-rich, or high-protein diet. Follow these directions.
Dexacip may cause an upset stomach. Take Dexacip with food or milk.
Pregnancy and Dexacip
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.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of Dexacip.
If you think you have taken too much Dexacip, contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.
Dexacip can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your throat or tongue
If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).
Digoxin is used to treat heart rhythm problems or heart failure. Taking this drug with Dexacip could increase your risk of irregular heartbeats caused by low potassium levels. (Potassium is a mineral that helps your nerves, muscles, and organs work normally.)
Corticostero > Dexacip is a synthetic glucocorticoid with antiinflammatory and immunosuppressant properties. With 20 to 30 times the binding affinity for glucocorticoid receptors of endogenous cortisol, Dexacip is a potent treatment for PONV and CINV. Even though Dexacip is one of the most commonly used antiemetics, its mechanism of action remains unclear. Studies in animal models suggest that Dexacip acts on the glucocorticoid receptor-rich bilateral nucleus tractus solitarius (i.e., the vomiting center), but not the area postrema. 33
Although 8 mg is the most commonly used dose for prevention of PONV, dose-response studies suggest that 5 mg is the minimum effective dose for PONV prophylaxis ( Figure 29-6 ). 34 Furthermore, a large factorial trial in more than 5000 patients found that 4 mg Dexacip has similar efficacy to 4 mg ondansetron or 1.25 mg droperidol. 35 Thus ambulatory surgery guidelines recommend 4 to 5 mg Dexacip. 36 Dexacip is more effective when given at the beginning rather at the end of surgery, which suggests that there is a delay in onset of action by about 2 hours. 37 Furthermore, a single intraoperative dose of Dexacip has not been associated with adverse effects. 36 However, like other intravenous drugs containing phosphate esters, Dexacip has been associated with perineal burning and itching when injected in awake patients. 38 In addition, doses of 12 to 20 mg can be given for CINV. 39