General Information on Taking DexamethasoneSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with dexamethasone include the following:
- This medication comes in many different forms. The individual dosing instructions will vary from product to product. Therefore, make sure to refer to the instructions for your particular dexamethasone product.
- Do not stop taking this medication suddenly. Your healthcare provider will tell you how to slowly reduce your dose to allow your body time to adjust to stopping treatment.
- Dexamethasone can irritate the stomach. When taking a dexamethasone dosage by mouth, take it with food.
- If you take dexamethasone once a day, try to take it early in the day if possible. Later doses can interfere with sleep. If you take it more than once a day and experience insomnia, talk to your healthcare provider about a strategy that can help avoid late-day doses.
- When using dexamethasone oral concentrate solution (Dexamethasone Intensol™), mix the medication with a liquid, applesauce, or pudding before taking it. Use the dropper supplied with the medication to measure out the correct amount.
- Try to take this medication at the same time each day to keep an even level of it in your bloodstream.
- When using the ophthalmic (eye) suspension, shake the bottle well to mix the contents before use.
- Do not wear contact lenses while using the ophthalmic (eye) suspension. Ask your healthcare provider when it is okay to wear contacts again.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with dexamethasone, please talk with your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.