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Composition for DEXACORT N


food interaction for DEXACORT N

alcohol interaction for DEXACORT N

pregnancy interaction for DEXACORT N

lactation interaction for DEXACORT N

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Dexacort n 0.5%/0.1% ointment may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Dexacort n 0.5%/0.1% ointment is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.




Oral neomycin is used before the operation of the gut to kill the bacteria which normally live in the gut that may cause a serious infection and in treatment of patients with coma due to liver disease (hepatic coma). 

How it works

Neomycin is an antibiotic belonging to the class of aminoglycoside. Neomycin prevents the bacterial growth by stopping the production of essential protein in the bacterial cells.

Common side effects

Uncoordinated body movements, Itching, Eye irritation, Increased saliva production, Nausea, Renal injury, Increased sensitivity to light, Eye pain, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction, Tingling sensation, Eye surface inflammation, Vomiting, Abnormal blood cell, Drooping eyelids, Altered pupil size, Increased bilirubin in the blood, Pain, Skin redness, Numbness, Disorientation (alteration of mental status), Increased production of tears, Abnormal eye sensation, Increased intraocular pressure, Liver enzyme increased, Fever, Ear damage, Blurred vision, Mouth ulcer, Premature destruction of red blood cells, Allergy, Confusion, Thinning of eyes, Swelling


Dexamethasone is used to treat various inflammatory conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. It is also used to treat certain types of cancer.

How it works

Dexamethasone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It prevents late phase allergic reactions by preventing release of chemicals responsible for allergy.

Common side effects

Psychosis, Extremes of being happy or sad, Hypersensitivity reaction, Allergic reaction, Behavioual changes, Burning sensation, Delusion, Suicidal thoughts, Depression, Feeling of discomfort, Euphoria (feeling of intense excitement and happiness), Hallucination, Aggravation of schizophrenia, Increased cholesterol level in blood, Increased hair growth, Decreased potassium level in blood, Increased appetite, Increased blood pressure, Increased intraocular pressure, Increased risk of infection, Irregular menstrual cycle, Irritation, Blurred vision, Itching, Salt and water retention, Swelling, Weight gain, Fluid retention, Tendon rupture, Thinning of bones, Fracture, Stinging sensation


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Expert advice for DEXACORT N

For oral tablets:
  • Neomycin tablets are not recommended for children below six year of age.
  • Some patients (infants, elderly, obese and cystic fibrosis [genetic disorder that affects lungs] patients) may require monitoring of neomycin levels in blood to prevent damage to the ear and kidneys.
  • Caution is advised in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease or any disease characterized by muscle weakness, or in patients about to receive general anesthesia.
  • Caution is also advised in patients who are exposed to loud noise, or patients who have been dehydrated due to diarrhea or vomiting.

Frequently asked questions for DEXACORT N


Q. Does neomycin has sulfa or does the sulphate present in this drug contain sulfa?
No, neomycin does not contain sulfa (sulphonamide group) and the sulphate group present in this drug has no link with sulfa either.
Q. Does neomycin expire?
Yes. The expiry date is provided on the blister pack of tablets or the ointment tube.
Q. Does neomycin cover pseudomonas?
No, neomycin is not effective against pseudomonas 
Q. Does neomycin contain penicillin?
No, neomycin does not contain penicillin. It belongs to a group of drugs called aminoglycosides.
Q. Does neosporin help acne /cold sores
Neosporin contains neomycin in addition to bacitracin and polymyxin. Neosporin does not treat acne  or cold sores. It only helps in the treatment of some infections of the skin.
Q. Does neosporin help scars?
Neosporin contains neomycin in addition to bacitracin and polymyxin. Neosporin does not help in the treatment of scars. It only helps in the treatment of some infections of the skin.
Q. Does neosporin help cuts?
Neosporin contains neomycin in addition to bacitracin and polymyxin. Neosporin only helps prevent or treat the infection of wounds. It does help heal the cuts.
Q. Does neomycin cause tinnitus?
Neomycin is known to cause damage to the ear. One of the symptoms of damage to ear is tinnitus.
Q. Is neomycin safe?
Neomycin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.


Q. Are decadron and prednisone same as dexamethasone?
No.  Decadron is a brand name of dexamethasone. Prednisone, however, is entirely different drug. Both drugs however belong to a same class of medications called corticosteroids.
Q. Is dexamethasone a narcotic, sulfa drug, NSAID or controlled substance?
No. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid drug which shows anti-inflammatory action. It is not a controlled substance or sulfa drug. It can be obtained only on production of valid prescription.
Q. Does dexona cause weight gain/ cause fluid retention/ heart burn/ hungry/ keep you awake/ drowsiness?
Dexona is the brand name of dexamethasone tablet, a corticosteroid. It may cause weight gain due to fluid retention properties. It should be noted that the fluid retention is a side effect of dexona and not the use. It is also known to cause heart burn and increased appetite. It does not cause drowsiness or insomnia. However, if you experience such side effects, always consult your doctor.
Q. Is dexamethasone safe?
Dexamethasone is safe if used at prescribed doses and at prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve or naproxen with dexamethasone?
Advil is the brand name of ibuprofen while Aleve is the brand name of naproxen. Dexamethasone should not be used in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen etc., since it can cause stomach ulceration and bleeding.
Q. Can I take dexamethasone with ciprofloxacin?
Taking ciprofloxacin along with dexamethasone tablet may cause inflammation of tendon and tendon rupture especially in elderly. Hence taking this drug combination is not advisable.
Q. Can I take paracetamol, Tylenol or Benadryl with dexamethasone?
No major or clinically significant drug interaction is found with the said drugs. However, always consult your doctor before using these drugs.
Q. Can I take tums with dexamethasone?
Minor interaction between dexamethasone and tums (calcium carbonate) are reported in certain cases. Always consult your doctor before using this combination.
Q. Can I take Xanax with dexamethasone?
Minor interaction between dexamethasone and Xanax (alprazolam) are reported in certain cases. Always consult your doctor before using this combination.
Q. Is dexamethasone safe for toddlers?
It is safe if used as per indication and doses advised by the doctor.
Q. What are the uses of dexona tablet and injection?
Dexona tablets and injections are used to treat decreased adrenal gland function and inflammatory conditions like asthma and allergy.


Content on this page was last updated on 03 August, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)