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Dexalab 4 MG Injection

Manufactured byLaborate Pharmaceutical Ltd.
Description

Dexalab 4 MG Injection is a corticosteroid medicine which is used to reduced swelling associated with various conditions such as arthritis, allergic disorders, psoriasis, etc. It is also used for other conditions like adrenal hormonal insufficiency, certain types of anemia, cerebral edema, etc.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Dexalab 4 MG Injection

  • Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
  • Loss of vision or blurred vision
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Acne
  • Increased hair growth
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Easy bruising and bleeding

Uses of Dexalab 4 MG Injection

What is it prescribed for?

  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
  • Cerebral edema
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Allergic conditions
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to dexamethasone or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.

Systemic Fungal Infection

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from systemic fungal infections due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Cerebral malaria

This medicine is not recommended for use if you are suffering from a rare type of malaria that affects the brain.

Active untreated infection

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from any serious infection and is yet to receive any treatment for the same.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Other medicines

This medicine may interact with many other medicines and may cause adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Other diseases

This medicine should be used with caution if the patient is suffering from diseases like cirrhosis, diverticulitis, myasthenia gravis, peptic ulcer disease, kidney diseases etc. Report the instance of other diseases as well before treatment with this medicine is initiated.

Withdrawal symptoms

Use of this medicine should not be abruptly stopped as the patient is likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. The use should be slowly and gradually withdrawn.

Growth retardation

This medicine may cause growth retardation in some children. Therefore, children receiving this medicine should be monitored closely with regard to growth parameters. The dose should be titrated to the minimum effective dose to reduce the chances of such side effects. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Infections

This medicine should be used with caution in patients who are at risk of developing infections since it suppresses the immune system and further increases the risk of infections. Any symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, chills, etc. should be reported to the doctor immediately. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Vaccination

Administration of live or live-attenuated vaccines is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Your doctor may advise you to postpone vaccination or may use an appropriate form of vaccination with adequate clinical monitoring to minimize the risk of adverse effects.

Impaired kidney function

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known history of kidney dysfunction due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Impaired liver function

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known history of liver dysfunction due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of a missed dose is very low.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Live attenuated vaccines and related products

Adalimumab

Amlodipine

Amiodarone

Warfarin

Certolizumab

Axitinib

Disease interactions

Electrolyte imbalance

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with preexisting electrolyte imbalance due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Regular monitoring of electrolyte levels is necessary for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Gastrointestinal perforations

This medicine is known to cause perforations and bleeding in the gut especially when high doses are consumed. Hence this medicine should be administered with caution in patients having a pre-existing perforation disorder of the stomach or intestine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Myocardial infarction

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of myocardial infarction due to an increase in the risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of heart function and vital signs is recommended for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diabetes Mellitus

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with diabetes due to the increased risk of a rise in blood glucose levels. Close monitoring of glucose levels is necessary while taking this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Ocular Toxicities

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of ocular toxicities such as glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, etc. This risk is especially higher in patients with a history of ocular disease. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is usually administered in the clinical/hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Follow all the instructions given by your doctor. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine. Report all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions to the doctor before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Effect on sleep is not established

How it works
This medicine works by decreasing the release of certain substances that cause swelling. It also works by suppressing or partially preventing the effect of the immune system.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Glucocorticoids

Schedule

Schedule H

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