If you experience severe asthma or allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, or certain eye and skin conditions, your doctor may recommend a prescription to buy Decadron or generic Dexamethasone to reduce the painful inflammation. Decadron is a long-acting corticosteroid that can provide you with relief and help eliminate time lost from school or work and allow you to take part in family activities and perform your daily tasks. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Decadron reduces the production of the chemicals that are responsible for causing inflammation. The process of inflammation is an immune response in which your white blood cells and chemicals are signaled to protect your body against infections and unknown substances, including bacteria and viruses.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, your immune system is basically stuck in the ON position and attacks certain parts of your body inadvertently. Decadron also helps to decrease your immune system’s activity by interfering with the way your white blood cells work so the autoimmune actions are minimized.
Decadron may also be prescribed to treat adrenal insufficiency which means your adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisol, your body’s own natural corticosteroid hormone. Cortisol is an essential hormone for times of stress as it prepares your body for a ‘fight or flight’ response.
Cortisol is secreted from your adrenal glands and floods your body with glucose for an immediate source of energy to the large muscles and suppresses insulin production so the glucose cannot be stored. Your arteries are narrowed and epinephrine increases your heart rate so blood starts being pumped faster. These actions allow you to deal with stressful situations. If cortisol levels are low, you are at risk for regular infections, autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, or allergies.
Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks of taking Decadron if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Decadron is right for you.
Do not suddenly stop taking Decadron as your adrenal glands will be slow to restart normal cortisol production. Your doctor will reduce your dosage gradually to give your adrenal glands time to function properly. If you are diabetic, monitor your blood glucose closely and talk to your doctor if you feel the dosage of your insulin should be adjusted. Inform your dentist or surgeon if you scheduled for any medical or dental procedures that you are taking Decadron. Remember to always store medications out of children’s reach.