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Dexamethasone Topical

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Uses

Dexamethasone Topical is used in the treatment of allergic disorders and eye disorders

How it works

Dexamethasone belongs to the class of medications called as corticosteroids. It prevents allergic reactions by decreasing the chemicals responsible for allergy.

Common side effects

Muscle disorder, Electrolyte imbalance, Altered bone growth, Skin scar, Application site irritation, Eye itching, Blurred vision, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Bone degradation, Behavioural changes, Tingling sensation, Eye discomfort, Increased intraocular pressure, Burning sensation, Increased blood pressure, Increased glucose level in blood, Cataract, Increased risk of infection

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Expert advice

  • Do not wear contact lenses while using dexamethasone eye drops.
  • Do not use dexamethasone eye drops if you have glaucoma (increased eye pressure) or diabetes.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery because it may cause blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to dexamethasone or any of its ingredients.
  • Children < 2 years must not use.
  • Do not use if you have preexisting eye infections which are not treated, high pressure in eyes, untreated infection /fungal infection that affects the whole body.

Frequently asked questions

Dexamethasone Topical

Q. Are decadron and prednisone same as dexamethasone?
No, Decadron is a brand name of dexamethasone. Prednisone, however, is entirely different drug. Both drugs 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. Is dexamethasone topical safe for toddlers?
No, dexamethasone topical is not safe for toddlers.


Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)