Dexamethasone is used to treat allergies and inflammation by decreasing swelling and pain in cats and dogs. What is Dexamethasone? Dexamethasone is used for a number of conditions, including allergies, inflammation, certain types of colitis, and many other diseases. What are the benefits of Dexamethasone? Treats inflammation, allergies and pain in cats and dogs Decreases pain and swelling caused by inflammatory conditions Formulated for: Dogs and cats How is this medication given? Use as directed by your veterinarian. How does this medication work? Dexamethasone inhibits inflammation, and reduces irritation, redness, burning, and swelling. What form(s) does Dexamethasone come in? Tablet. Generic Name: Dexamethasone Common Brand Name: Azium (Schering Plough), Decadron (Merck) Dose and Administration: Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. Possible Side Effects: May include changes in appetite, increased thirst and urination, drowsiness, and hyperglycemia. Long term use may cause symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, impaired wound healing, and muscle loss and weakness. Continue the medication and talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet. Drug and Food Interactions: Before giving Dexamethasone, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given any other oral steroid medications such as prednisone, prednisolone, Methylprednisolone or others. Tell your veterinarian if the pet is being given furosemide, NSAIDs such as carprofen (Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), or etodolac (EtoGesic), phenytoin (Dilantin), Phenobarbital, cyclosporine (Atopica), or mitotane (Lysodren). Drugs other than those listed may also interact with dexamethasone. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines. Precautions: Do not give dexamethasone if your pet is also being given an NSAID such as aspirin or carprofen (Rimadyl), and others. Do not administer this medication in the presence of a systemic fungal infection. Do not administer any live virus vaccines. Storage: Store at room temperature. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Dexamethasone. Size: 0.5 mg.
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