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Dexamethasone: Oral solution

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How This Drug Works
Corticosteriods
Corticosteroids provide anti-inflammatory relief by helping the body make proteins that decrease inflammatory chemical messengers and reduce symptoms like swelling, redness, pain and others.
"Corticosteroids provide anti&#45;inflammatory relief for many different conditions and come in drug forms such as tablets, inhalers, eye&#45;drops, and others. <br><br> The body normally responds to inflammation or cell damage by producing white blood cells and chemical messengers to fight an infection or repair damage. However, in some cases, the surge of all of these substances to a localized area of the body can cause symptoms of inflammation and damage to the bodyâ¬"s tissues. <br><br> Corticosteroids bind to steroid receptors inside cells and form a tightly joined group. When the steroid&#45;receptor &#34;group&#34; is activated, it moves inside the cell&#39;s nucleus where it is able to control the cellâ¬"s ability to make proteins. The proteins that are made decrease inflammatory chemical messengers and reduce symptoms of inflammation like swelling, redness, pain and others."
Corticosteriods
Corticosteroids provide anti-inflammatory relief by helping the body make proteins that decrease inflammatory chemical messengers and reduce symptoms like swelling, redness, pain and others.
"Corticosteroids provide anti&#45;inflammatory relief for many different conditions and come in drug forms such as tablets, inhalers, eye&#45;drops, and others. <br><br> The body normally responds to inflammation or cell damage by producing white blood cells and chemical messengers to fight an infection or repair damage. However, in some cases, the surge of all of these substances to a localized area of the body can cause symptoms of inflammation and damage to the bodyâ¬"s tissues. <br><br> Corticosteroids bind to steroid receptors inside cells and form a tightly joined group. When the steroid&#45;receptor &#34;group&#34; is activated, it moves inside the cell&#39;s nucleus where it is able to control the cellâ¬"s ability to make proteins. The proteins that are made decrease inflammatory chemical messengers and reduce symptoms of inflammation like swelling, redness, pain and others."
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DEXAMETHASONE (dex a METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated include asthma, allergies, and arthritis. It is also used for other conditions, like blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.

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Class Name : Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Dexamethasone: Oral solution
Usage by Gender
60.48%
39.52%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
29.48%
8.82%
23.99%
37.7%
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Patient Experiences with Dexamethasone

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Average Scores
Easy to Take: 5.0 / 5
Works as Intended: 5.0 / 5
Tolerable: 5.0 / 5

Change in taste
I was prescribed this to help break a lengthy migraine attack. It has worked in the past to help. I have an altered taste this time for whatever reason. The tablet tastes pretty bad, so I'm thinking maybe it will stick around just while I'm taking the medication. I've taken my last dose today of a 4 dose, short term treatment. Hasn't worked to end the cycle. I had a migraine attack this morning and had to take a migraine abortive.
Helpful: 5
Unhelpful: 0
Susie from Dayton
December 08, 2016
From: Dayton, OH
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Agree


Hypophysitis
I'm taking this due to a pitituary gland issue, overall, it makes me want to eat all the time, i started 8/day, now im down to 6/day, hoping i will be off by the time all goes well in couple months...feels jittery and hard to sleep,
Helpful: 1
Unhelpful: 2
CVS Customer
July 05, 2016
From: queens, NY
Age: 25-34
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Works as intended.
Experienced a slight headache and flushing to my cheeks. No tiredness or nausea was experienced.
Helpful: 4
Unhelpful: 0
anonymous
October 20, 2015
From: Saint Petersburg, FL
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Works Well
My Dr. has me take it once a week eight tablets, after the medicine has taken effect two days later I'm very tired and need a full day of rest. My appetite increases while on this medicine, not a bad thing because in my case I could use the extra weight.
Helpful: 9
Unhelpful: 1
Prince
August 21, 2014
From: Missouri City, TX
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Hiccups when taking Dexamethasone
As another has reported I too get hiccups whenever I take this medication.
Helpful: 9
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
April 25, 2014
From: Augusta, GA
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Hiccups
I have this drug prescribed for me on occasion, and each time, I get persistent hiccups, and a lot of energy.
Helpful: 20
Unhelpful: 3
CVS Customer
April 21, 2014
From: Duarte, CA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Not Sure