When used with Dexacortal, certain drugs used to treat fungal infections can increase the level of Dexacortal in your blood. This can raise your risk of side effects. Examples of these drugs include:
Amphotericin B is another drug used to treat fungal infections. Using this drug with Dexacortal raises your risk of low potassium levels. (Potassium is a mineral that helps your nerves, muscles, and organs work normally.) This can cause muscle cramps, weakness, tiredness, and an irregular heartbeat.
How to store Dexacortal
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Dexacortal?
You should not use Dexacortal if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- a fungal infection anywhere in your body.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Steroid medication affects your immune system. You may get infections more easily. Steroids can also worsen or reactivate an infection you've already had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
You should not breast-feed while using Dexacortal.
Getting the most from your treatment
- If your course of treatment is due to last more than three weeks, you will be given a 'Steroid Treatment Card' which says that you are on steroids and contains some important advice for you. It is important that you read this card and carry it with you at all times. It also contains details about your dose, how long you have been taking Dexacortal for, and who prescribed it for you. Please make sure that this information is kept up to date. If you are having an operation or dental treatment or any treatment for an injury, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking Dexacortal and show them your treatment card. This is because your dose may need adjusting.
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress. Your doctor will want you to have tests from time to time to make sure you remain free from some of the unwanted side-effects of treatment.
- Dexacortal can suppress your immune system, so it is important if you become ill that you make an appointment to see your doctor straightaway. Also, if you come into contact with anyone who has measles, shingles or chickenpox (or anyone who suspects they might have them), you must see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Some vaccines are not suitable for you while you are being treated with Dexacortal. If you need any immunisations, make sure you mention that you are taking an oral steroid.
- If you buy any medicines, check with your pharmacist that they are suitable to take with Dexacortal.
COMMON BRAND(S): Decadron
GENERIC NAME(S): Dexacortal
Dexacortal is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood/hormone/immune system disorders, allergic reactions, certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel disorders, and certain cancers. It is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder (Cushing's syndrome).
This medication is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). It decreases your body's natural defensive response and reduces symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.
Dexacortal is a glucocorticoid receptor agonist that will drive the negative feedback system for cortisol secretion in a person with a functional HPA axis.
Dexacortal may increase your blood glucose. If you take diabetes drugs, your doctor may need to change your dose. Examples of these drugs include:
- amylin analogs, such as: