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Hexadrol

  • Generic name: dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection, usp
  • Brand Name: Hexadrol
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Hexadrol Phosphate Injection (Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate) is a corticosteroid used to treat a number of conditions, including arthritis, blood / hormonal / immune system disorders, allergic reactions, certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel diseases, and certain types of cancer . The hexadrol phosphate injection is also used as a test for adrenal gland disease (Cushing's syndrome). The brand name Hexadrol Phosphate Injection may be discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of hexadrol phosphate injection (dexamethasone sodium phosphate) are:

  • Upset stomach
  • a headache
  • dizziness
  • Menstrual changes
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • irritability
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles
  • heartburn
  • weakness
  • impaired wound healing or
  • increased blood sugar level

The starting dose of hexadrol phosphate injection varies between 0.50 mg / day and 9.0 mg / day, depending on the disease being treated. Hexadrol can be combined with minoglutethimide, aprepitant, birth control pills, anticancer drugs, caspofungin, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, azole antifungal drugs, barbiturates, rifamycins, anti-seizure drugs, platelet replacement drugs, anti-platelet drugs, anti-platelet drugs, anti-thrombocytes, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-dehydration drugs, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hormone drugs, blood thinners, anti-hormonal drugs, anti-hypertrophic drugs, blood thinners, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hormone drugs, anti-hypertrophic drugs, blood thinners, blood thinners, anti-hormone drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-platelet drugs, anti-cancer drugs, caspofungin, cholestyramine, cyclosporine and thalidomide. Let your doctor know about all medications and supplements you use. Hexadrol should only be used on prescription during pregnancy. This drug can pass into breast milk and cause adverse effects in a nursing child. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.



Our Hexadrol Phosphate Injection (Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive overview of the drug information available about the possible side effects when taking this drug.

The starting dose of hexadrol phosphate injection varies between 0.50 mg / day and 9.0 mg / day, depending on the disease being treated. Hexadrol may interact with minoglutethimide, aprepitant, birth control pills, anticancer drugs, caspofungin, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, azole antifungal drugs, barbiturates, rifamycins, anti-seizure drugs, platelet substitutes, arogens, estrogen substitutes, estrogen substitutes, NSAIDs, estrogen hormones, NSAIDs, estrogen substitutes, NSAIDs, estrogen hormones, NSAIDs, estrogen hormones, NSAIDs, estrogen hormones, NSAIDs, anti-hormone drugs, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, NSH , Isoniazid, mifepristone, temsirolimus and thalidomide. Let your doctor know about all medications and supplements you use. Hexadrol should only be used on prescription during pregnancy. This drug can pass into breast milk and cause undesirable effects in a nursing child. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.



Our Hexadrol Phosphate Injection (Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive overview of the drug information available about the possible side effects when taking this drug.

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This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You can report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Hexadrol consumer information

Get emergency medical help if you have Signs of an allergic reaction: Hives; Difficulty breathing; Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.



Call your doctor right away if you:

  • Muscle tension, weakness, or feeling limp;
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • Shortness of breath (even with light exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • a fit (convulsions);
  • bloody or tarry stools that cough up blood;
  • fast or slow heart rate, weak pulse;
  • Pancreatitis - Severe upper abdominal pain that spreads to your back, nausea and vomiting;
  • low potassium levels - leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeat, chest flutter, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling; or
  • increased blood pressure - Severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in the neck or ears, anxiety, nosebleeds.

Dexamethasone can affect children's growth. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing normally while using this medicine.

Common side effects can include:

  • Fluid retention (swelling in the hands or ankles);
  • increased appetite;
  • Mood swings, sleep disorders;
  • Skin rash, bruising, or discoloration;
  • Acne, increased sweating, increased hair growth;
  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach;
  • Changes in your menstrual periods; or
  • Changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in the arms, legs, face, neck, breasts and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You can report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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SIDE EFFECTS

Fluid and electrolyte imbalances

Sodium retention
Fluid retention
Heart failure in susceptible patients
Loss of potassium
Hypokalemic alkalosis
hypertension

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Musculoskeletal system

Muscle weakness
Steroid myopathy
Loss of muscle mass
osteoporosis
Vertebral compression fractures
Aseptic necrosis of the femoral and humeral heads
Pathological fracture of long bones

Gastrointestinal

Gastric ulcer with possible subsequent perforation and bleeding
Pancreatitis
Abdominal distension
Ulcerative esophagitis

Dermatological

Impaired wound healing
Thin, fragile skin
Facial flushing
Increased sweating
May suppress reactions to skin tests
Petechiae and ecchymoses

Neurologically


cramps
Increased intracranial pressure with papillary edema (pseudotumor cerebri) usually afterwards
treatment
dizziness
a headache

Ophthalmic

Posterior subcapsular cataracts
Increased intraocular pressure
glaucoma

Endocrine

Menstrual irregularities
Development of the Cushingoid state
Suppression of growth in children
Secondary side reactivity of the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland, especially during times of stress such as trauma, surgery, or illness
Decreased carbohydrate tolerance
Manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus
Increased demands on insulin or oral hypoglycaemics in diabetics

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metabolism

Negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism

various

Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation
Subcutaneous and cutaneous atrophy
Sterile abscess
Torch after injection after intra-articular application
Charcot-like arthropathy
Itching, burning, tingling in the anogenital area

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