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User Reviews for Dexamethasone

Also known as: Dexamethasone Intensol, TaperDex, Hemady Zcort HiDex Dxevo De-Sone LA ZoDex Dexabliss

Dexamethasone has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 105 ratings on Drugs.com. 54% of those users who reviewed Dexamethasone reported a positive effect, while 34% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Inflammatory Conditions  
5.4
53 reviews 120 medications
Addison's Disease  
9.3
6 reviews 39 medications
Eczema  
10.0
6 reviews 244 medications
Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced  
7.7
6 reviews 57 medications
Asthma  
6.2
5 reviews 146 medications
Cerebral Edema  
3.7
4 reviews 35 medications
Allergic Rhinitis  
4.0
3 reviews 895 medications
Plaque Psoriasis  
7.3
3 reviews 40 medications
Atopic Dermatitis  
7.7
3 reviews 240 medications
Multiple Myeloma  
2.5
2 reviews 63 medications
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura  
4.0
2 reviews 75 medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis  
5.5
2 reviews 360 medications
Lymphoma  
10.0
1 reviews 62 medications
Multiple Sclerosis  
10.0
1 reviews 98 medications
Psoriatic Arthritis  
10.0
1 reviews 75 medications
Gouty Arthritis  
9.0
1 reviews 48 medications
Dermatitis Herpetiformis  
10.0
1 reviews 40 medications
Croup  
9.0
1 reviews 34 medications
Ulcerative Colitis  
5.0
1 reviews 74 medications
Shock  
1.0
1 reviews 113 medications
Bursitis  
10.0
1 reviews 76 medications
Aphthous Ulcer  
9.0
1 reviews 36 medications
Summary of Dexamethasone reviews 6.3 105 reviews

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Reviews for Dexamethasone

JB May 4, 2021

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I have 4 herniated discs that cause inflammation in my back and leg. Dr prescribed 4mg tablets, 2 tablets every 12 hours, then 1 tablet every 12 hours. It was effective in reducing inflammation but my God, the side effects have been HORRENDOUS. NOT WORTH IT!!!! I have the worst indigestion and heartburn I have ever experienced. The heartburn is constant from the moment I wake up, whether I have eaten or not, and is made worse by ANY amount of food. I stopped taking the medication a week ago and I still cannot enjoy food. It feels like there is a rock stuck in my throat. I am bloated beyond belief and the pressure in my stomach is painful. I don't ever feel hungry and I am retaining water, I don't know how I don't burst. I broke out horribly. There was also SEVERE depression and I already have anxiety but that was amplified too. At least that part only lasted for about a week. As far as the heartburn, I am scared I will never go back to feeling normal. I just want to be able to eat.”

1 / 10
Jamie · Taken for less than 1 month May 4, 2021

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Asthma: “Went to the ER for chest pressure and shortness of breath. Got an injection of decadron and never again will I! Right after injection I instantly had a severe panic attack, its been 2 days since I got the injection & I've only slept 7 hours within 48 hours, it has caused me severe insomnia and my heart rate goes sky high. Chest pressure still hasn't subsided, which may be due to high anxiety from this medicine.”

1 / 10
Brooklyn student · Taken for less than 1 month April 29, 2021

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I had 2 injections of dexamethasone earlier today for pudendal nerve entrapment that has been causing pain in my pelvic area, legs, and feet for the last 5 months. Tried physical therapy and oral anti-inflammatory medications that did not help. Finally resorted to the dexamethasone injections. I have had the sensation that my heart is beating out my chest, palpitations, shortness of breath, anxiety feeling. No change in my leg and foot pain yet but it has only been about 8 hours since the injection. I am supposed to get these weekly but now I am rethinking this. I don't like how this medication makes me feel.”

1 / 10

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Eyebeautyblogs12 November 27, 2019

For Inflammatory Conditions: “And the reviews are 100% accurate! If I can save someone from taking this medicine then here It Is !!!! This medicine is absolutely HORRIBLE !!!!! Had to get this medicine as a shot In my buttocks for headache pain and it burned like crazy! It Is now 3:05am (9 hrs later) and I am experiencing all the side effects...anxiety, heart palpitations, Joint pains, can’t sit still, elevated heart rate, insomnia, heart burn, blurred vision. At some point it felt like I couldn’t breathe and I’m losing my mind !!!!! To know that this medicine is a slow release which means it could take a week for It to clean out my body scares me. Did It help for the pain ? I have no idea because the side effects are terrible. I do suffer from anxiety attacks & this medicine Is making It 10X worse! IF YOU HAVE ANXIETY/MENTAL ILLNESS STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS DRUG !!!!! This POISON should definitely be banned ASAP !!!!! This officially makes me not want to go to the doctor EVER AGAIN!”

1 / 10
Liz March 20, 2021

For Inflammatory Conditions: “Do not let any incompetent doctors give you this especially when they don't tell you about awful side effects . This drug is so bad I suffered severe anxiety, and depression cognitive memory loss and couldn't sit still”

1 / 10
pilarp2018 · Taken for less than 1 month November 4, 2018

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I just received a 10mg injection of this at the E.R. for a really bad sinus infection, laryngitis and an upper respiratory infection that I have had for over a month. The shot itself was extremely painful. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, but this hurt for hours to the point where I couldn't sit down. The side effects began to kick in within an hour. I went from feeling calm and relaxed to feeling EXTREMELY anxious (No, I do not battle anxiety or depression). I felt jittery, I kept dropping things, and began crying from feeling so overwhelmed (not like me). I know it was this injection. My heart began racing very, very fast!! I don't think I will take this again.”

Liz · Taken for less than 1 month October 11, 2019

For Inflammatory Conditions: “The worst drug . I went to the doctor for 4 a sinus infection was given an injection of 10mg decadron. I experienced extreme anxiety insomina ,memory loss. Still experiencing it today 4 months later”

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Mother of 3 October 4, 2019

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Asthma: “I was given this med for asthma from a virus that my inhaled steroids weren’t helping with. I was given a one time dose of 10mg and though it worked for my breathing, the rest of my body is a mess. I have had severe elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, headache, rigor shakes, muscle spasms in the arms and legs, faintness, cold sweats, increased urination, severe exhaustion, muscle weakness, heart burn, increased anxiety, cloudy headedness, nausea, and an intolerance for anything physical beyond just walking. I am a fit 42 year old woman with no other health issues and this has been blowing my mind that I could get this sick. I did go to the ED and I was told that it can cause these symptoms. The worst part is that because it’s long acting it can take a week from your last dose for it to be cleared out. So I was told to rest and drink fluids until time passes. The good news is, I can breath. The bad news is, it has been a nightmare for the rest of my body.”

4 / 10
Ali · Taken for less than 1 month February 26, 2021

For Eczema: “Was prescribed ten 4 mg dexamethasone tablets to be taken twice daily as part of treatment for a tooth infection. Only took 5, and an eczema outbreak on the back of my neck I'd had for at least 3 years completely resolved. Now taking the last 5 I had saved months later in hopes of clearing a new outbreak of discoid eczema on the front of my neck which has already been there in excess of 2 weeks. If it works again I'll review again since discoid eczema is considered one of the more stubborn types and I'm unsure what type I had on the back of my neck previously.”

10 / 10
Lt · Taken for less than 1 month March 1, 2020

“Received 10mg dose of dexamethasone for a minor burn. It's been four days and the side effects are still going strong. Muscle twitches and weakness, shortness of breath, burning feet and hands (not from my burn-that was on my face), anxiety, insomnia, feeling cold, and difficulty talking. The muscle weakness is pretty severe and its hard to walk. Stay away from this med!”

1 / 10
Quando62 · Taken for less than 1 month July 21, 2019

For Psoriatic Arthritis: “5 years un-diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and just about gave up, no energy, so stiff could not walk across a room. Had plaque scales covered on my entire body. Started this med, first day stiffness began leaving, energy boosted, took for one week and felt 40 years younger. Went from working in yard 3 hours a year to 30 in one week..... Keep some on hand to take a week here and there along with my MTX med for Arthritis.”

10 / 10
Jason Jones · Taken for less than 1 month March 25, 2016

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Inflammatory Conditions: “Never take this drug. I am a healthy individual that had a bad experience with this drug. I Received one shot because I had the flu. 1 week later I had burning pains running all through my body. They gave me a shot in my butt and its still sore 2 sweeks later. I had trouble sleeping, couldn't breath at night and thought I was going crazy. My resting heart rate went from 49-58 beats a minute. I don't know what this drug does to the body but its not good. You have mood swings from anger, confusion, weakness, coordination etc..... Please ask the doctor what they are giving you before they inject you. It could do more harm than good later.”

1 / 10
Wesandmichelle March 6, 2015

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Inflammatory Conditions: “I have disc issues. When the inflammation around these discs starts to put pressure on the nerves going to my feet and legs. A shot of this stuff is like gold. It looses it effect the longer you use it so save this as a last resort.”

8 / 10
Jessa · Taken for less than 1 month September 4, 2019

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Inflammatory Conditions: “Was given Decadron Shot in ER for a severe Sinus Infection and Upper Respiratory Infection..I have had a severe migraine for 2 solid days! NOTHING will ease the headache. I will never have or take Decadron again!”

3 / 10
Ryan · Taken for less than 1 month July 31, 2018

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Allergic Rhinitis: “This drug is terrible, I am an athlete/coach and have always been a very upbeat/motivated person. I got into a hornets nest and they gave me a shot of this instead of benadryl, I experienced weeks of the worst mood swings of my life, my heart stayed racing so hard I thought I was having a heart attack at times, and I dropped from 160lbs to 145lbs and couldn't stop eating anything in sight. Afterwards I experienced depression/fatigue beyond what I ever thought I could go through that took about 3 months to fully recover from. The migraines were terrible as well. I'm writing this because a friend just stopped by to ask about my experience, he had an allergic reaction and they gave him the same decadron shot. He went through almost identical symptoms. Try your best to avoid this stuff, the side effects aren't worth the benefits.”

1 / 10
happynana · Taken for less than 1 month June 14, 2019

For Inflammatory Conditions: “Just finished a dexamethasone 8 day tapered dose for pain associated with a spinal cyst. It has given me my life back for those eight days, with the only side effect being wide awake at 3am. But at least I was wide awake without pain, as opposed to being wide awake and in pain. Hoping the effect lasts for a while, as I am on a three month wait list for surgery in "the best medical care system in the world", bwahaha.”

10 / 10
Heidi RN January 10, 2019

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Allergic Rhinitis: “This drug was given to me for an anaphylaxis reaction I had from an antibiotic. I was admitted so It was given IV then by mouth to wean. I am a nurse and was blown away! I was put in drug induced psychosis on this med. I was on it about 3 weeks from 6mg down to 1mg. I was 302 initiated at the nearest ER. I passed out from sleep deprivation and thus drug changed my life for good. It's not worth It! It mimicked bipolar symptoms. I NEVER had this before! BEWARE!”

1 / 10
ReginaJo · Taken for less than 1 month February 5, 2021

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Shock: “I was given this twice through IV after a nut allergy gave me anaphylaxis and put me in the ER. Within seconds of administering my groin area, vaginal area and arm pits were burning like they were on fire. I screamed it was so bad. At some point afterwards I started blacking out. I ended up receiving another dose somehow. I went temporarily deaf and blind. I thought it was the end of me. I became violent and hostile. I was not my normal self. They had to strap me down and sedate me. The next day I woke up in the ICU. I was wet like I had peed my pants. Every time I would stand fluid was coming out of me like when your water breaks. This kept on for 3 days. I couldn't even walk to the bathroom without it happening. I was not pregnant. By day 4 I was heavily bleeding. A few days later it finally stopped. I didn't have another period for 5 years and it nearly sterilized me. I haven't had a successful pregnancy since this event. I was told to never again take a steroid, especially this one.”

1 / 10
jb-1983 November 23, 2015

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Inflammatory Conditions: “I have degenerative discs. I was given injections of Decadron near the area. Within a week I almost went crazy!! Felt like I was running for my life all the time. The doctors have no clue what this does to your brain, nor how to reverse its affects. Do not take this.”

1 / 10
R bak · Taken for less than 1 month March 11, 2014

For Inflammatory Conditions: “This is it. Tramadol 300 ER masked how your mind receives pain but, this DEXAMETHASONE 4mg completely erased that inflammation from my body (due to fibromyalgia). No side effects that I can tell. Feel so good that I'm almost afraid to do any activity.”

10 / 10
Quando62 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 23, 2019

For Plaque Psoriasis: “Doctor said in 20 years she never saw Plaque Psoriasis as bad as mine, I looked like a breakout of the measles or something. So after 8 mg first day, in 30 minutes started feeling better, 3 days later clear skin.... haven't taken for a week and no flare returned. Picking up my script today taking 2mg 2 times a week and a week off to be mild on the body.”

10 / 10
Stanley B · Taken for less than 1 month February 13, 2020

For Plaque Psoriasis: “My doctor prescribed this medication for a bad cough. The side effect was a clearing of my psoriasis. Horrible red scaled skin on my elbows, chest, and groin have healed for a while. I took 13 pills, 2 a day for 5 days, and 1 a day for 3 days. I will ask my doctor to prescribe this every 3 months to prevent further flare ups.”

9 / 10
Tori January 12, 2020

For Addison's Disease: “After almost 3 years of anaphylaxis from hydrocortisone and prednisone, intolerance to pill form of dexamethasone that caused severe asthma attacks, acid reflux, constipation, geographic tongue, & thrush, I finally am being successfully treated with injectable dexamethasone. This is LIFESAVING! It’s working! I’m able to eat (been malnourished for at least 3 years) and I’m feeling like my body is trying to come back to life.”

10 / 10
Samoth August 30, 2018

For Cerebral Edema: “I was put Dexamethasone to treat Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis aka blood clots in my brain. It was prescribed to reduce inflammation in my brain. I was put on such a high dose that I shook like a leaf in the wind. I felt like I was jittering inside of my body. I took my doses 4 times a day for 8+ weeks before we began to taper down from the stuff. I was on it for 12 weeks in total. I ended up putting on 80 pounds of water weight. My face was so swollen that I couldn't see more than a foot in front of me through my blurry slits for eyes. I slept maybe 3-4 hours a night if I was lucky. I dripped with the cold sweats, literally. I ended up on water pills, along with 9 other medications. It took at least 6 months, and out patient therapy to recover from depression side effects. My body has never fully recovered from this medication. I have had issues including a buffalo hump and some bone loss. Spare yourself the pain and trauma.”

1 / 10
Lo May 10, 2020

For Asthma: “I was in Mexico last year and developed a severe upper respiratory infection, never felt sicker in my life. Doc came to hotel, prescribed antibiotics and said "you can feel better in 7 days or I can give you a shot and you will feel better in 30 minutes". The shot was dexamethasone (don't know the dose) and my partner who is a doctor, told me it was ok (along with first shot of antibiotic and continued oral antibiotics for 7 days). I took the shot and in exactly 30 minutes I felt fantastic, I couldn't believe it. Next day was great as well. I did have a bit of a jittery come down a couple of days later but the worst of my original symptoms were already much better and I was well on road to recovery. Overall it was a very helpful one-time shot that got me through.”

10 / 10
Ali · Taken for less than 1 month March 31, 2019

For Addison's Disease: “I had a lot of trouble getting my levels stable with Hydrocortisone and Prednisone. On both I felt terrible. Dexamethasone makes me feel normal again, even with my Addison's disease , like a fully functioning human!!!!”

10 / 10
Becca3 March 1, 2015

For Inflammatory Conditions: “Amazed! Went to the doctor with a extremely sore inflamed throat to the point at times I was hardly getting air without a coughing fit was not getting much sleep. Hardly any voice, very painful to talk extreme red almost blotchy throat, felt like breathing through a straw. Swollen lymph nodes face/neck/&throat and fluid behind my ears, high fever ect. Strep tested negative. Doctor prescribed 10MG, so it was 2 and a half pills that I took all at once only once. Within 4.5 hours my throat was opening up and my voice was getting better by the second, I could breathe properly and talk again. Never has anything I've taken worked that dramatically that fast. No side major effects, still have a bit of a cough but I can deal with that!”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month August 18, 2015

Decadron (dexamethasone) for Inflammatory Conditions: “I was given this for a migraine, via iv . Instantly starting between my legs and moving out through my body I felt like my entire body was set on fire. I had difficulty breathing and was screaming and sobbing. Needless to say none of which helped the severe migraine that had landed me in the Er. Two days later my vaginal tissue still feels inflamed. I won't be taking this one again.”

1 / 10

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