DEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • conditions of excess stomach acid secretion
  • difficulty sleeping
  • high blood sugar

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • diabetes
  • a hormone disorder where the body produces high levels of cortisol called Cushing's syndrome
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • osteoporosis, a condition of weak bones

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • water retention
  • inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses
  • irregular periods
  • cough
  • bruising
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection due to a fungus
  • pheochromocytoma
  • insufficiency of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • high levels of white blood cells
  • mental problems from taking the drug
  • pseudotumor cerebri, a condition with high fluid pressure in the brain
  • a disease with shrinking and weaker muscles called myopathy
  • increased pressure in the eye
  • glaucoma, an increased pressure in the eye
  • clouding of the lens of the eye called cataracts
  • high blood pressure
  • slow heartbeat
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot
  • inflammation of the blood vessels
  • thrombophlebitis, an inflamed vein due to a blood clot
  • fluid in the lungs
  • an ulcer from too much stomach acid
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • thin fragile skin
  • hives
  • rupture of a tendon
  • decreased calcification or density of bone
  • seizures
  • an enlarged liver
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • a broken bone
  • impaired wound healing
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • a rupture in the wall of the stomach or intestine
  • pancreatitis
  • a fat embolism, a type of clot made of cholesterol or fat
  • central serous chorioretinopathy

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • mood changes
  • an extreme sense of wellbeing called euphoria
  • blurred vision
  • bruising under the skin
  • low sperm count
  • erythema or redness of skin or mucous membrane
  • itching of the genital area
  • itching
  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • acne
  • dry skin
  • decreased pigmentation of the skin
  • arthritis
  • joint pain
  • muscle spasm
  • muscle pain
  • sensation of spinning or whirling
  • excessive sweating
  • visible water retention
  • puffy face from water retention
  • small reddish-purplish pin-point sized spots on skin
  • weight gain
  • increased hunger
  • hiccups
  • nausea
  • abdominal bloating
  • abnormal fat distribution
  • fast heartbeat
  • peripheral sensory nerve disorder
  • infection at injection site

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