Dexamethasone otic Disease Interactions
There is 1 disease interaction with dexamethasone otic:
Otic Corticosteroids (Includes Dexamethasone otic) ↔ Viral Infections
Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility
Applies to: Herpes Simplex Otitis Externa, Herpes Zoster Otitis Externa
The use of otic preparations containing corticosteroids is contraindicated in patients with viral infections of the external canal including varicella and herpes simplex otitis externa. Corticosteroids may decrease host resistance to infectious agents, thus prolonging the course and/or exacerbating the severity of the infection while encouraging the development of new or secondary infection. Normally, corticosteroids may be administered with caution provided it is accompanied by appropriate anti-infective agents. However, otic preparations that are currently available lack effective antiviral agents.
- American Medical Association, Division of Drugs and Toxicology "Drug evaluations annual 1994." Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; (1994):
Drug Interaction Classification
|Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
|No information available.|
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