Dexamethasone and Diabetes

Dexamethasone is commonly prescribed to treat conditions that cause inflammation and problems with the immune system, such as inflammatory bowel diseases, endocrine disorders, allergic conditions, and rheumatic diseases. It works primarily by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system.
However, this medication is not right for everyone. For example, if you have diabetes, be aware that dexamethasone can increase blood sugar levels. As a result, your healthcare provider may recommend that you test your blood sugar more often while taking this drug. In addition, the dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted.
(Click Dexamethasone Precautions and Warnings to learn more about the conditions that may require special monitoring while taking dexamethasone. This article also describes situations when the drug should be avoided altogether.)
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