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.
Cats and Dogs
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid which inhibits inflammation, and reduces irritation, redness, burning, and swelling.
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.
Azium (Schering Plough), Decadron (Merck)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When discontinuing use of this medication after prolonged treatment, withdrawal should be gradual, not abrupt.
Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.