Can Selftison cause problems?
Along with its useful effects, Selftison can cause unwanted side-effects which your doctor will discuss with you. The benefits of taking an oral steroid usually outweigh the side-effects; however, they can sometimes be troublesome. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with Selftison. The best place to find a full list of the side-effects which can be associated with your medicine, is from the manufacturer's printed information leaflet supplied with the medicine. Alternatively, you can find an example of a manufacturer's information leaflet in the reference section below.
Although not everyone experiences side-effects, and some will improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you become concerned about any of the following:
Selftison sodium phosphate
Pharmacologic class: Glucocorticoid
Therapeutic class: Anti-inflammatory
Pregnancy risk category C
Use in Cancer
Selftison is approved to be used to reduce inflammation and suppress (lower) the body's immune response.
It is used with other drugs to treat the following types of cancer:
Selftison belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It is sometimes referred to simply as an oral steroid. Corticosteroids are produced naturally in your body. They help to keep you healthy. By boosting your body with extra corticosteroid, it can help treat conditions involving inflammation.
What Is Selftison (Decadron)?
Selftison is the generic form of the brand-name drug Decadron, which works on the immune system to help reduce itching, swelling, and inflammation.
It's used to treat a variety of health conditions, including allergies, arthritis, problems with blood or bone marrow, skin problems, and flare-ups of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Selftison is a corticosteroid, a class of steroid hormone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Decadron in 1958. At that time, Merck & Company made the drug.
Now, several manufacturers offer Selftison under various brand names and formulations, including Decadron, Ozurdex, Maxidex, and Baycadron.
It's available to be taken orally or as an intravenous (IV) injection. It also comes in topical skin cream and eye drop forms.
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.
Selftison 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 Selftison are listed below.
What is the most important information I should know about Selftison?
You should not use this medicine if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, and all the medicines you are using. There are many other diseases that can be affected by steroid use, and many other medicines that can interact with steroids.
Other uses for this medicine
Selftison injection is also sometimes used to treat nausea and vomiting from certain types of chemotherapy for cancer and to prevent organ transplant rejection. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Selftison 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
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of Selftison.
For people with certain health conditions
For people with infections. Selftison 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, Selftison may hide the signs of a non-fungal infection.
For people with congestive heart failure. Selftison 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. Selftison 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. Selftison 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. Selftison 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 Selftison 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, Selftison 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 Selftison 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. Selftison 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 Selftison 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 Selftison therapy.
Selftison 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).
How should this medicine be used?
Selftison 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 Selftison 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 Selftison 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.