What is Dexamethasone?

A potent synthetic analogue of cortisol, with similar biologic action; used as an antiinflammatory agent and as a test material for adrenal cortical function.

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Hello doctor im 26 years old male and i started taking decdan dexamethasone 0.5 mg i take it twice a day one during breakfast and the other one during afternoon time after my meal.
I am consuming those tablets because i wanted to gain weight i take only decdan dexamethasone only none other tablet i consume with it.
Will this really make me fat.
One of the Dexamethasone is that you will gain wait, however its not at all advisable to have decdan on a regular basis.
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Does dexamethasone cause hair loss? I have been on it since Dec of last year and have severe hair loss.
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Hi and thank you so much for this query.

Dexamethasone causes thinning of the scalp hair, though not a very commonly observed side effect. You may want to consider talking to your doctor if the hair loss is bothersome to you. There is probably a substitute out...
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Hi, My Brother of 28 years old, Have problem genaraly in cold weather he fells headache and headache goes severe. when diagnose we found temprature if 96~97 farnehiet. it is something first his temp goes down and then he feels headache. in emergency he takes Dexamethasone tablet and some time there is a need of Injection of Dexamethasone. I am worried, can you please guide me.
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The Dexamethasone is steroid injection and not the symptomatic medicine for what you have taken, so obviously it is not at all good to take this medicine without proper indication, this drug have lot of side effects which can be felt later on, have nice day.
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My sister is 54, and was diagnosed with stage 3 non-small cell CA of the lung in August of last year. She is currently under Hospice care, but I'm keeping her home with me. She has newly prescribed potassium with an increase in her Lasix. She is also taking dexamethasone, with a 40 lb weight gain in 3 months. No asa or statin drugs. She has just developed non painfull bruising with no apparent injury. Anything we should be concerned with?
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appears to be due to dexamethasone

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Thanks for your query. Dexamethasone causes fragility of blood vessels, especially when given for long time. This can cause bleed in the skin from trivial trauma.
I think that this is the case in her. For this no specific...
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my mother is a multiple myeloma patient. doctor adviced her bortizomib, dexamethasone and thalidomide.1-4-8-11. 1+2, 4+5, 8+9, 11+12 dexamethasone. my asking is if dexamethasone missed day 9 then can she take it day 10 and resume the rest as scheduled
Hi, dear
I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern.
She can take dexamethasone if she missed one dose. Continue bortizomib and thalidomide as per schedule. Consult your doctor and take it according to his advise.

Hope I have answered your question, if you have any doubts...
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Hello Doctor i am 21 year boy studying in masters and i am thinking to have Dexamethasone and Practin or Ciplactin in combination, for a little weight gain, Would you please suggest me that for how long time and how much amount daily would be much effective to be less prone to side effects as well as faster weight gaining ? I dont want to be using it for a long period
Hello and thanks for your question. Practin and Ciplactin are both cyproheptadine and are only recommended for people that are very seriously underweight. Dexamethasone is a steroid and while it may cause weight gain, it has many side effects and is definitely not recommended for use for weight...
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Hi there my doctor said I should drink Zerodol-P(2x a day),Dexamethasone(3x a day), amoxicillin(500)(3x a day) and drexabion(2x a day) for my lower back pain until its gone . . And I'm taking these medicine for almost 9 days, my question is is it safe to take these medicine? I forgot to ask my doctor. . Sorry for my bad english its not my native language
You are taking zerodol-P(aceclofenac 100 mg, paracetamol 500 mg), dexamethasone, amoxicillin and and drexabion( Vit B1 100 mg, vit B6 5 mg, vit B12 50 mcg) for lower back pain and you are advised to take till pain subsides.Taking zerodol-P and drexabion is alright for low back pain, but taking...
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Hi I am pregnant week 21 - 22. I am 39 years old. my doctor decided to give me dexamethasone injection after 2 weeks. week 24 she find that I have sugar in my urine test. she requested blood sugar test ( cola test ) I wish to know for what this injection ? is it because the head probably of the baby seems to be big? or the sex organs of the baby are big? she told me it is baby girl it is very clear. I read a lot in the internet about the use of dexa injection during pregnancy and i become more confused and is it safe for me and my baby? thanks
Since you have positive urine sugar, it is likely that you may have excess blood sugar also, in other words, you have gestational diabetes, if you were not a diabetic earlier. Your doctor may have been thinking in terms of a possibility of premature induction in case of complications;...
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I was wondering if there are ways to 'burn' off cortisol, or to make it less damaging to me. It has been high since September (accompanied by a total loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, feeling of being tired and wired, depression for the first time in my life, major rage issues, a 13 lb weight gain (104-117), in spite of barely being able to eat, major water retention, muscle loss, skin sagging and stretch marks. I look like I've aged 10 years in 6 months, and feel like I've aged even more!

A dexamethasone supression test dropped my cortisol down, so the endocrinologist I was seeing said it's not a not his area.

I am trying to find somebody else here to test, but am barely functional at the moment.

I would really appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you may have on how to lower my cortisol (or anything I could request my GP to test for that could be causing the issue).

I meditate daily, don't drink or consume caffeine, eat high protein, mostly vegetarian and organic (and never any hormones in the whey, egg or fish I do consume).

My cortisol was on the low end of normal in August (and it was suggested that I may be taxing my adrenals too much). It was suggested to me to stop taking my Dexedrine (for adult ADHD, and to stop working out so hard - I used to train for 2 hours a day at a near anaerobic level).

I stopped taking my Dexedrine, and reduced my physical activity to daily walks or hikes of about 10 kilometers, yoga, and just 20 minutes of weights 3x a week).

By October, my cortisol levels had doubled (and were outside of the normal range). Testing in February and March showed them to be about double the high end.

I started taking the dexedrine again last week, as I think it calms my mind, and will see if has any affect.

Is it possible that dexedrine and/or extreme working out could actually reduce cortisol for me?

Any thoughts you have on how I can reduce it, what could be causing it (or tests I should request), or how I can mitigate the negative affects of it while I am waiting would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time!

May your spirit be filled with peace, your heart with love,and your body with health!

To check for excessive cortisol production by the body in an autonomous tumor-like fashion, the dexamethasone suppression test is one acceptable test. The others are a) a midnight salivary cortisol (done using a swab wetted with your saliva, as close to midnight as possible , in a person with...
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