Dexamethasone is many times more potent than other anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressing drugs including hydrocortisone and prednisone. It is often mixed with other drugs to treat difficult ear, eye, and skin infections. It reaches every system in the body and therefore is used to treat many disorders: adrenal insufficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, allergies, asthma, dermatologic diseases, hematologic disorders, neoplasia (tumor growth), nervous system disease, inflammatory bowel disease and emergency shock. Dexamethasone Tablets require a prescription from your veterinarian and are sold per tablet.
Cats and Dogs
Use caution and discuss with your veterinarian before administering Dexamethasone to animals with these conditions: Diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, Hypertension, Systemic infections, Heart problems, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Ulcers of the intestines, Kidney disease, Pregnancy.
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Dexamethasone may result in these side effects: Change in disposition, Increase in seizure activity, Increased appetite, Increase in food and water intake, Increased urination (though less common in Dexamaethasone than in other steroids), Increased susceptibility for viral and bacterial infections, Panting, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Ulceration of the digestive tract and Lethargy. Contact your veterinarian if any of the side effects is bothersome to your pet.
Keep in a tightly sealed container at room temperature unless otherwise noted. Keep protected from light.
Give this medication as directed by your veterinarian. Do not stop using this medication abruptly, especially if it has been used for several weeks or more. The dose may need to be reduced slowly over days to prevent side effects.
|Dogs/Cats:||All weights||The usual dose of Dexamethasone is dependent on the condition being treated, the severity of the condition being treated, and the pet’s response to treatment. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian.|
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