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What is Decadron?

Decadron Cream is used for Inflammation in various parts of the body, Swelling, Allergic reactions, Autoimmune diseases, Skin conditions, Asthma and other conditions. Decadron Cream may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Decadron Cream contains Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate as an active ingredient.
Decadron Cream works by preventing the release of chemicals responsible for inflammation.
Merck manufactures Decadron Cream.
Detailed information related to Decadron Cream's uses, composition, dosage, side effects and reviews is listed below.

Decadron Cream Uses

Decadron Cream is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
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Decadron Cream Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Decadron Cream improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:
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Decadron Cream - Composition and Active Ingredients

Decadron Cream is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)
Please note that this medicine may be available in various strengths for each active ingredient listed above.

Decadron Cream - Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Decadron Cream. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
  • Depressed and labile mood
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Swelling due to fluid retention
  • Potassium loss
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Decadron Cream may also cause side-effects not listed here.
If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority.
References: 2
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Decadron Cream - Precautions & How to Use

Before using Decadron Cream, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
  • Children
  • Diabetes
  • Existing emotional instability
  • Have your blood sugar checked regularly while taking this
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • do not take by mouth. Consult with your doctor before using this medicine on open wounds, dry, chapped, irritated, or sun-burned skin.
  • wash your hands before and after applying Decadron Cream. Clean and dry the skin area to be treated.
  • do not wash the treated area after immediately applying Decadron Cream. Also avoid the use of other products on the treated area unless directed by your doctor.
  • applying an excessive amount may result in pilling. Use a thinner layer or lesser quantity of medicine to avoid pilling.
  • avoid getting this medication in your eyes or nose or mouth.
References: 2, 2

Decadron Cream - Drug Interactions

If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Decadron Cream may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Decadron Cream may interact with the following drugs and products:
  • Amphotericin B
  • Antocoagulants
  • Aspirin
  • Ephedrine
  • Furosemide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
References: 2
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Decadron Cream - Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Decadron Cream is a contraindication. In addition, Decadron Cream should not be used if you have the following conditions:
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Where to Buy Decadron Cream

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Decadron Cream - Frequently asked Questions

  • Is Decadron Cream safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
    Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    References: 2
  • Is Decadron Cream safe while breastfeeding?
    References: 2
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
    If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Decadron Cream medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Decadron Cream. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
  • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
    Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
  • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
    Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

Other important Information on Decadron Cream

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
References: 3, 4, 5, 6

Overdosage of Decadron Cream

  • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Decadron Cream, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
  • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
  • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
References: 7, 8, 9

Storage of Decadron Cream

  • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Decadron Cream.
References: 10, 11, 12, 13

Expired Decadron Cream

  • Taking a single dose of expired Decadron Cream is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
References: 14, 15

Dosage Information

Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

Questions - Decadron Cream

Yes, Decadron (Dexamethasone) may cause weight gain. Decadron is a corticosteroid which is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It also helps to treat severe allergies, arthritis, and endocrine problems.
 According to Decadron important product information, there are some adverse reactions associated with steroid therapy primarily those of depression due to therapeutic overdosage and one of those adverse effects is a weight gain in patients. Decadron can cause various common side effects including cough, blurred vision, eye pain, sore throat, tremors, diarrhea, fast heartbeat, fever, allergic reactions, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
 A study published in 2006 in the Journal of Cancer, evaluated Decadron in 60 adult patients in clinical trials. Weight gain has been reported in patients treated with Decadron for 1 week.
 So, if you're concerned about weight gain while taking Decadron, consult your healthcare provider or doctor.

1. Vardy J, Chiew KS, Galica J, Pond GR, Tannock IF. Side effects associated with the use of dexamethasone for prophylaxis of delayed emesis after moderately emetogenic chemotherapy. Br J Cancer. 2006;94(7):1011-5. URL: 
2. MedlinePlus Dexamethasone URL: 
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Decadron Cream - Packages and Strengths

Decadron Cream is available in the following packages and strengths
Decadron Cream - Packages: EQ 0.1% PHOSPHATE

Decadron Cream - Manufacturers

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Decadron Cream - Demographic Information


  1. Rhen T, Cidlowski JA (Oct 2005). "Antiinflammatory action of glucocorticoids--new mechanisms for old drugs". The New England Journal of Medicine. 353 (16): 1711–23. doi:10.1056/NEJMra050541. PMID 16236742.
  2. DailyMed label: DEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE- dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection, solution. - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  3. - Accessed: July 14, 2016.
  4. - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  5. Cancer.Net (2014). - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  6. Schachter, S.C., Shafer, P. O. &; Sirven, J.I. (2013). - Accessed: May 28, 2016.
  7. National Institute of Drug Abuse (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  8. eMedicinehealth (2016). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 12, 2011. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  11. The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  12. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. December 24, 2013. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  13. World Health Organization: - Accessed: July 1, 2016.
  14. Lyon, R. C., Taylor, J. S., Porter, D. A., et al. (2006) Stability profiles of drug products extended beyond labeled expiration dates. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences; 95:1549-60 - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  15. Harvard Medical School (2016). - Accessed: May 1, 2016.

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