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    How long do side effects of Dexamethasone take to wear off?

Posted on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I had a 6mg injection of dexamethasone in the buttocks on saturday at 2. When will the side effwcts wear off? Ive been terribly anxious.
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Please mention the problem for which it had been given.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Dexamethasone is a steroid which can be administered for a number of causes. I need to know for what complaints it has been administered. Usually it is given for its anti-inflammatory properties. The effects and its duration would therefore depend on the indication for which it has been given.

I would await your response. Let me know if I could help further.

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It was given forasthma
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
72 hours

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. Intramuscular dexamethasone has a duration of action of 72 hours. However, I believe that inhalers (combination of bronchodilators and steroids) can be given and should provide relief.

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