Dexamethasone is in a class called corticosteroids. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid used as an anti-inflammatory to treat a variety of conditions including lupus, acute arthritis, allergies, cancers, brain swelling, and other conditions.
How it works: Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid which inhibits inflammation, and reduces irritation, redness, burning, and swelling.
Always follow the dosage instructions given by your veterinarian.
Possible Side Effects Side effects may include changes in appetite, increased thirst and urination, drowsiness and hyperglycemia. Long-term use may cause symptoms of adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), impaired wound healing and muscle loss and weakness. Continue the medication and talk to your vet about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome.
Drug & Food Interactions Before giving Dexamethasone, talk to your veterinarian if the pet is being given any other oral steroid medications, such as prednisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone or others. Tell your vet if the pet is being given furosemide, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as carprofen, deracoxib or etodolac. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with dexamethasone. Talk to your vet before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.
Precautions Do not give Dexamethasone to those taking other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs medications, such as aspirin or carprofen. Do not use this medication when there is a systemic fungal infection present. Do not administer any live virus vaccines while administering Dexamethasone.
What is Dexamethasone? Dexamethasone is used for many conditions, including allergies, inflammation, certain types of colitis, and many other diseases.
What are the benefits of Dexamethasone? Treats inflammation, allergies, and pain in cats and dogs. Decreases pain and swelling caused by inflammatory conditions.