Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid hormone, which is used in conditions like arthritis, allergic reactions, inflammation, dermatitis, ulcerative colitis, and adrenal insufficiency. It works by blocking the immune system response to inflammation.

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Can I take Zylopred drops in stead of Vigadexa for the viral infection in my eye?

Query: Hello doctor, My eye had a viral infection but the doctor gave me Vigadexa, Flur, and Ara drops and infection has been under control after 10 days of medications. Now, there is no discharge, no pain, no red eye but suddenly my vision from the infected eye get severely blurred. As per the doctor, th...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know who made the diagnosis of a viral infection? Vigadexa (Moxifloxacin and Dexamethasone) and Zylopred (Gatifloxacin Topical and Loteprednol) both contain steroids and are not recommended for viral infections. I really do not find a re...  Read Full »

Can I take tablet Decdan and Practin for weight gain?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I take tablet Decdan and Practin for weight gain?  Read Full »

Dr. Ohams Henry

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Decdan (Dexamethasone) is a steroid and has a lot of negative side effect as such. It may cause you a disproportionate and inappropriate fat deposition in the abdomen, face, on the upper back, and you would not like your shape. And besides the bad shape, you may star...  Read Full »

I am suffering from hypercortisolism and taking cortisol medicine. Can I get Dexamethasone suppression test done?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from hypercortisolism and my morning cortisol level is high. I am taking oral medicine for cortisol levels and the tablet Mirtazapine. The doctor says that the Dexamethasone suppression test is worthwhile, but I am worried the results would not be accurate due to the medi...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Yes, the medicines that alter cortisol levels can cause abnormal results of the Dexamethasone suppression test. The best way to make the test stand true to its value is to stop these medications for three...  Read Full »

Will Methotrexate cause more hair fall when used for alopecia areata?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old female. Currently, I have alopecia areata. It got flared up due to my current stress situation. I am looking for a medication to cure it. I heard about Dexamethasone and Methotrexate for treating it. My dermatologist advised me to take Methotrexate. I am concerned about ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Alopecia areata is a chronic recurrent condition that occurs due to a genetic component. Due to its genetic component, it has a tendency to recur again and again. Both Dexamethasone and Methotrexate are good options. Taking Methotrexate is better as it causes fewer ...  Read Full »

Do I have to terminate my pregnancy as I took steroids for herpes zoster infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I am being advised to terminate a desired pregnancy because of the medication I have been prescribed to tackle a virus that I got just after becoming pregnant. I am looking for a second medical opinion on whether termination is necessary. I would like to understand the risks to the fetus o...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The increased exposure to corticosteroid can cross the placental barrier and cause adrenal suppression in the fetus. This can lead to salt wasting, electrolyte imbalances, and even poor development of the fetus. The organs can also have improper developed and ...  Read Full »

My heart has been beating rapidly without any exertion after taking tablet Dexamethasone. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I contracted Bell's Palsy for the second time within seven years. The first episode was seven years back, and the second one occurred last month. I recently concluded using Dexamethasone (15-day tapering treatment) for my Bell's Palsy. Before this, I was on a 15 day use of Prednisone. Si...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hve gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). This is tachycardia and could be related to electrolyte imbalance or anxiety caused by tablet Dexamethasone. If tachycardia persists, I recommend going to the emergency room for ...  Read Full »

My dad was given 6 mg of Dexamethasone once a day for ten days. Does he need a higher dose?

Query: Hi doctor, My dad is in the ICU (Intensive care unit) in a hospital. He has Covid pneumonia, and he is on high flow oxygen that goes from 60%-80% support and at 95% oxygen. He has developed a fib and is on a beta-blocker, blood thinner, and Aminodrip (Acetylcysteine, Arginin, L-Histidine Hydrochlor...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your dad is in the ICU for his critical health conditions due to Covid pneumonia along with developing atrial fibrillation. High doses of Dexamethasone may impair his immunity system...  Read Full »

Can antibiotics cure seasonal allergic cough?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past three years, I have been suffering from allergic cough. I have cough only during the months of September and October. It stretches for a period of 1-2 months. This time my PCP gave me a Decadron shot and within few hours my cough has got better. Should I buy the prescribed a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the conversation, I understand that you are a 33 year old male suffering from cough especially during the months of September and October through the years. Therefore, it is clear that you are suffering from allergic bronchitis. It is considered to be seasonal. T...  Read Full »

Can anal tags be removed?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe pain along with blood in the stool for two years. When I consulted a doctor, he said there are two skin tags to be removed. But he removed only one skin tag and cannot do anything with the second one, which is a round structure. I take painkiller and anorelief now. What ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A skin tag at 6'o clock position need not be removed because it is not causing you pain or bleeding. The other lump at 11'o clock position is a thrombosed external hemorrhoid (external piles) which is the reason for your pain and bleeding. Now the treatment for...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of Dexamethasone?

Query: Hi doctor, I was having COVID-19 for the last two weeks and was having Dexamethasone 4 mg twice daily for ten days, and my sugar levels are rising since these ten days, around 200 mg/dL to 280 mg/dL. Even I have tried some medicines for that. Now I came to know that Dexamethasone can cause cataracts...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) infection. You have been taking Dexamethasone for the last ten days, and blood sugar has risen. Dexamethasone can incre...  Read Full »

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