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User Reviews for Dexamethasone

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

Dexamethasone has an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 from a total of 123 ratings on Drugs.com. 51% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 36% reported a negative experience.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Inflammatory Conditions  
5.5
63 reviews 120 medications
Addison's Disease  
9.3
7 reviews 39 medications
Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced  
7.3
7 reviews 57 medications
Asthma  
6.8
6 reviews 146 medications
Eczema  
10.0
6 reviews 248 medications
Cerebral Edema  
3.0
5 reviews 35 medications
Atopic Dermatitis  
6.0
4 reviews 247 medications
Multiple Myeloma  
3.3
3 reviews 64 medications
Allergic Rhinitis  
4.0
3 reviews 901 medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis  
4.3
3 reviews 364 medications
Plaque Psoriasis  
7.3
3 reviews 42 medications
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura  
4.0
2 reviews 75 medications
Dermatitis Herpetiformis  
10.0
1 reviews 40 medications
Psoriatic Arthritis  
10.0
1 reviews 78 medications
Gouty Arthritis  
9.0
1 reviews 48 medications
Aphthous Ulcer  
9.0
1 reviews 37 medications
Ulcerative Colitis  
5.0
1 reviews 77 medications
Croup  
9.0
1 reviews 34 medications
Shock  
1.0
1 reviews 113 medications
Multiple Sclerosis  
10.0
1 reviews 99 medications
Bursitis  
10.0
1 reviews 76 medications
Lymphoma  
10.0
1 reviews 64 medications
Asthma, acute  
8.0
1 reviews 166 medications
Summary of Dexamethasone reviews 6.2 123 reviews

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Reviews for Dexamethasone

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!”

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Meviv21 · Taken for less than 1 month · June 19, 2021

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I was prescribed this because of multiple injuries in a car crash (Multiple disc herniations and other injuries), and the doc thought it'd help relieve the inflammation. The doc wanted me to take it for roughly a week, but I couldn't tolerate the side effects after 2.5 days, which I started feeling within hours of the first dose. I experienced sweating profusely around the clock, really bad suicidal thoughts, severe rage issues (I'm normally calm), severe dry mouth, increased inflammation, shortness of breath, heaviness in my chest, exhaustion, dizziness, weight gain, increased appetite, increased pains in the injured areas, no sleep for three days straight, extremely high anxiety with panic attacks, blurred and double vision, and an absolutely horrific headache that wouldn't go away even with ibuprofen. I also experienced crying fits and I'm not a crier. This medicine didn't help me at all. The brutal side effects I endured aren't worth taking it for me. If you have any sensitivity to them, I don't recommend taking this steroid.”

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Jaime · November 10, 2021

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I don't like reading these reviews because they are going to scare you out of taking what a licensed doctor has prescribed you. This medication saves lives sometimes. I have been struggling with panic disorder GAD & depression caused by anxiety for almost a year now & thank GOD I didn’t read the reviews until after because I probably wouldn’t have taken this for my extremely swollen tonsils - I almost couldn’t swallow & in 14hrs almost no swelling. The only side effect I got was I was a little irritable about 3 hours after taking two 4mg pills but I ate and it went away so I could have just been hangry & one black stool. These review pages are always gonna have extreme experiences because unfortunately that can happen but it’s RARE. Also no offence there are a lot of dramatic people out there (me being one & I was even fine) or people with other complications that point fingers. My mental health recovery got delayed almost a year because I freaked myself out from drugs.com reviews”

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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”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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hurrij · December 5, 2020

For Inflammatory Conditions: “Dexamethasone 4 years ago for flare up. Still moody dizzy argumentative ,roid rage psychosis. A mind blowing confusing experience. I was in such a dark place many times. A really awful drug for many who don't know what they are getting.”

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Jess · Taken for less than 1 month · July 25, 2021

Decadron (dexamethasone): “UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION- I went to the ER because I thought I had covid. It appears after seeing the doc that my COVID test was negative and seemed I had an upper respiratory infection. I was asked if I have ever had a steroid injection and I said yes I have had so many over the years because of my arthritis in my back. She gave me the injection and all was fine. Went home, 15 min later back in ER having Sinus Tachycardia, QT intervals were prolonged, T waves were all of the place , pulse was 140 constantly, BP was 178/88, chest tightness, couldn't breathe, respiration was 14. They had to give me Ativan and Benedryl to lower my heart rate because Decadrone caused a massive panic attack and I had to do a breathing treatment to open my lungs back up. NEVER AGAIN WILL I TAKE THIS DRUG! Out of years of receiving steroid injections i have never had this reactions with a steroid. Would NEVER RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANYONE!!!!!”

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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!!!!”

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