Dexamethasone Precautions and Warnings
People who are exposed to chickenpox or the measles during dexamethasone treatment may have a higher risk of contracting these infections. Other warnings with dexamethasone include precautions to keep in mind when combining this product with other drugs, why treatment should not be stopped suddenly, and signs that you should contact a healthcare provider right away.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking dexamethasone if you have:
- Had a recent heart attack
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
- Thyroid problems (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism)
- A systemic fungal infection (a fungal infection that affects the whole body)
- An intestinal infection
- Any signs of an infection
- Chickenpox or measles, or have recently been exposed to these conditions
- Never had chickenpox
- An ulcer, diverticulitis, or ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Myasthenia gravis
- A viral, bacterial, fungal, or tuberculosis infection of the eye
- A herpes eye infection
- A mental health condition
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.