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What are Dexamethasone Tablets?

Dexamethasone Tablets are used for a number of conditions, including allergies, inflammation, certain types of colitis, and many other diseases. Dexamethasone Tablets require a prescription from your veterinarian and are sold per tablet.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:
  • Effective for treating allergies and inflammation
  • Decreases swelling and pain caused by inflammatory conditions
  • It can also be used to treat certain forms of arthritis
How it works:

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid which inhibits inflammation, and reduces irritation, redness, burning, and swelling.

Cautions:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not stop using this medication suddenly, especially if it has been used for several weeks or more. The dose may need to be reduced over several days to prevent side effects.

Brand Name:

Azium (Schering Plough), Decadron (Merck)

Generic Name:

Dexamethasone

What is Dexamethasone:

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. Dexamethasone may also be used for purposes other than those listed.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Dexamethasone to my pet:

Do not use dexamethasone if the pet has a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection without also using proper anti-infective treatment. Do not use this medication in animals allergic to it. Tell your veterinarian if the animal has heart disease, seizures, diabetes, osteoporosis, or impaired liver function. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating. Corticosteroid therapy may induce delivery in large animal species during the latter stages of pregnancy.

What is the most important information I should know about Dexamethasone

Dexamethasone is a prescription medication for use in dogs and cats available by prescription as 0.5mg tablets. The usual dose of dexamethasone is dependent on the condition being treated and the pet's response to the treatment. When discontinuing use of this medication after prolonged treatment, withdrawal should be gradual, not abrupt.

How should this medication be given

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store dexamethasone at room temperature. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What should I avoid while giving Dexamethasone to my pet:

Do not give dexamethasone if your pet is also being given an NSAID such as aspirin or carprofen (Rimadyl), and others. Do not administer this medication in the presence of a systemic fungal infection. Do not administer any live virus vaccines.

What are the possible side effects of Dexamethasone

Side effects of dexamethasone may include changes in appetite, increased thirst and urination, drowsiness, and hyperglycemia. Long term use may cause symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, impaired wound healing, and muscle loss and weakness. Continue the medication and talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect Dexamethasone:

Before giving dexamethasone, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given any other oral steroid medications such as prednisone, prednisOLOne, Methylprednisolone or others. Tell your veterinarian if the pet is being given furosemide, NSAIDs such as carprofen (Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), or etodolac (EtoGesic), phenytoin (Dilantin), Phenobarbital, cyclosporine (Atopica), or mitotane (Lysodren). Drugs other than those listed may also interact with dexamethasone. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about dexamethasone written for health professionals that you may read.

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Dexamethasone tablets are available by prescription for use in dogs and cats.
  • Dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, is used to treat a number of conditions including allergies, inflammation, Addison's disease, certain types of colitis, lupus, acute arthritis, cancers, brain swelling, and many other conditions.
Tip:

When discontinuing use of this medication after prolonged treatment, withdrawal should be gradual, not abrupt.

Dogs/Cats:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
The usual dose of Dexamethasone is dependent on the condition being treated, the severity of the condition being treated, and the pet's response to treatment. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients
Dexamethasone Tablets:
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Amount
Dexamethasone
0.5 mg
Customer Reviews
Dexamethasone Tablets is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stops the coughing! My cat has asthma and this drug has been instrumental in reducing her coughing to about once a week. I give her half a pill and she immediately stops. In the beginning she coughed all of the time, but this has certainly done the trick.
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Q&A

0.25 is equal to how many mg. dexamethasone

Asked by: spedta
0.25 of a tablet or 1/4 tablet is equal to 0.125mg of Dexamethasone.
Answered by: Janine M./Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-09-10

Can I give my dog pain medicine with dexamethasone?

My dog is in the last days of his life. He has osteosarcoma and has lived longer than all predictions. He is in his last days now and is quite uncomfortable. I'm giving him an injection of dexamethasone daily (1/2 ml). He weighs 64 pounds. Can I give him some pain medication too, just to get him through the weekend? I have tramadol, piroxicam and cerenia on hand.
Asked by: Cathy
tramadol would probably be the best choice......BUT PLEASE consult your vet in regard to dosing
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2013-05-29

Can dogs use the same prescription as humans

Dexamethasone
Asked by: Eleln
Eleln, Thank-you for your question! There are many prescriptions that both dogs and humans use. Some examples are medications used to treat infections, anxiety, diabetes, high blood pressure, motion sickness, seizures and urinary tract infections. Dexamethasone is a commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory for dogs. The dosing is smaller when compared to human dosing. Dogs get prescribed this medication for a multitude of diseases such as asthma, hives and itching, skin & eye problems etc. It is completely safe to use in dogs as long as the medication is given properly. Jessica A. Pharmacy Intern 1800PetMeds
Answered by: Dulcineas17
Date published: 2013-03-14

Should I stop giving my dog Dexamethansone if he is having diarrhea?

He had 1 shot of Dexamethansone 6 days ago and now has been on 1 tablet of Dexamethansone for the last 5 days, but he is having diarrhea 2-3 times a day. Should we stop giving it to him? Is this dangerous?
Asked by: ll
You should discuss this with your veterinarian. Do not stop giving a steroid without discussing it with your vet. The diarrhea should also be discussed with your vet to determine the cause and also to make sure your pet does not become dehydrated.
Answered by: Kelly P. Pharmacist
Date published: 2012-06-20

What is the shelf life for this drug?

Asked by: Jen
The manufacturers expiration date for the product we have in the pharmacy is April, 2013. However, when the medication is dispensed from the pharmacy, the prescription label will have an expiration date of 1 year from when the medication was filled.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2011-04-15

is this a good choice for a swollen leg from dog bites

my american pit's leg was bitten quite a few times and is very swollen, would this be a good choice to give my pet?
Asked by: dark_samurai73
I don't think so. The swelling could very well be due to an infection. I would suggest you have the pet examined by your veterinarian. Until then, you can cleanse the wound with Nolvasan Skin and Wound Cleanser.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2010-11-10

How Long can a dog stay on Dexamethasone

For as long as my dog take dexamethsone she fine but 4 to5 day she having the pain again
Asked by: sandy
Your veterinarian will determine how long the dog will stay on dexamethasone. You should discuss this with your veterinarian.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2009-06-10

Why is my 12lb dog on the same dosage as my 4lb dog?

Back in January, my 4lb pup had some sort of allergic reaction and her face was swollen. She was prescribed .5mg of Dexamethasone, 2 pills twice a day. My 12lb dog is also on this medication for arthritis, and is on the exact same dosage. .5mg, 2 pills twice a day. Why is that? Arthritis is much more painful, and she's a bigger dog.
Asked by: Dee
This is the type of medication where the dose is determined based on the condition being treated and the severity of the condition, more than by how much the dog weighs.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2009-06-03
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