If you suspect an overdose of Hexacorton, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Glucocorticoids are adrenocortical steroids, both naturally occurring and synthetic, which are readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Hexacorton (Hexacorton (Hexacorton (Hexacorton tablets) tablets) tablets) is a white crystalline powder, very slightly soluble in water. It is designated chemically as pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione,11,17,21-trihydroxy-,(11β)-. The structural formula is represented below:
C21H28O5 M.W. 360.45
Hexacorton Tablets USP 5 mg contain the following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, D&C Yellow No.10, docusate sodium, FD&C Yellow No. 6, magnesium stearate and sodium benzoate.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Hexacorton if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
a fungal infection anywhere in your body.
Hexacorton can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Steroids can also worsen an infection you already have, or reactivate an infection you recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
To make sure Hexacorton is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a thyroid disorder;
herpes infection of the eyes;
stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis;
depression, mental illness, or psychosis;
a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Steroid medicines may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine. You may also need to adjust the dose of your diabetes medications.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Hexacorton passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
What brand names are available for Hexacorton?
Flo-Pred, Pediapred, Orapred, Orapred ODT
3. Who can and can't take Hexacorton
Hexacorton can be taken by adults and children.
Hexacorton isn't suitable for some people.
Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Hexacorton or any other medicine
- have an infection (including eye infections)
- are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or you are breastfeeding
- have recently been in contact with someone with shingles, chickenpox or measles
- have recently had, or are about to have, any vaccinations
Make sure your doctor is aware if you have:
Q: I've gained weight in my stomach area. Would Hexacorton cause me to gain weight?
A: The package insert for oral Hexacorton states that both abdominal distention and weight gain may be side effects of Hexacorton. This information is solely educational. It's important to consult with your physician or health care provider about any specific question regarding your medical conditions or medications; particularly before taking any action. Derek Dore, PharmD
How should I take Hexacorton?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use Hexacorton in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Hexacorton is sometimes taken every other day. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
You may need to shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Follow the directions on your medicine label.
Keep the disintegrating tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package using dry hands, and peel back the foil from the tablet blister (do not push the tablet through the foil). Remove the tablet and place it in your mouth.
Allow the disintegrating tablet to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.
Your dose needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Hexacorton.
You should not stop using Hexacorton suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take Hexacorton. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take steroid medication.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Hexacorton. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Hexacorton and Other Interactions
Hexacorton may make you dizzy.
Don't drive or perform other activities that require alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
Hexacorton eye drops and eye ointment may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- temporary eye burning or stinging
- temporary blurred vision
Hexacorton and breastfeeding
You can usually take Hexacorton while you're breastfeeding. However, Hexacorton can get into breast milk. If you're taking a high dose of Hexacorton the baby may need to be monitored for side effects.
For safety, it's usually recommended that you wait 3 to 4 hours after taking your dose of Hexacorton before feeding your baby or expressing milk.
You should not use Hexacorton if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.