Average Rating: 2.1 (196 Ratings)

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 1  Cyst in mouth I went to urgent care for a swelling under my tongue that turned out to be a cyst that resolved on its own. The doctor said he was going to give me a long-lasting steroid and I told him I didn't want it, so he said he would give me a shorter acting one. Well, he did not. Decadron has caused me severe anxiety, nightmares, shaking, insomnia, high blood sugar, ravenous hunger, depression, edema with swollen legs, bags under my eyes, swollen fingers and a bloated stomach. I cannot fathom why the doctor thought the pros outweighed the cons on this one. I am still suffering after getting my injection 4 days ago. From the other reviews, it looks like it will be a while before it leaves my system. My first and last time taking this drug. Never again. F 44 1 days
10mg IM in 1X D
 1  A doctor gave it for sinus It was the worst experience ever , memory loss, severe anxiety , unable to function right . Do not take this F 56 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  Pneumonia EXTREME anxiety, dizziness, feeling like I was “outside of my body”, insomnia despite being exhausted, mood swings, constant up and down of emotions I usually don't ask about side effects but I suffer from general anxiety even on a good day and this was the worst anxiety I have ever felt. Continue to advocate for yourself and ask all questions. F 32 5 days
6MG 1X D
 1  For a sinus infection Worst drug ever , severe anxiety memory loss , cognitive severy jittery feeling , . The doctor stated that . "That's why i don 't tell patient's about side effects because they're too scary ." F 56 1 days
10mg 1X D
 3  Asthma/Allergies Anxiety, panic attacks,palpitations, stomach pain. Does anyone know how long this will last??? F 46 1 days
Injection 1X D
 1  Migraine Jittery. Not Feeling like my self. Uneasy. Its been two days. The second day after i was prescribed the dosage. I didnt feel any side effects. But the 3rd day im feeling them. Dont take this drug. I asked the nurse constantly what the side effects were and she wouldnt tell me. I said i dont want to take this drug. And she kept saying, why when you've never taken it and never had any side effects. And i said ive been prescibed prednisone before. It was the worse drug of my life. But i was in so much pain in my head i couldnt vouch for my self and she still gave it to me. I dont recommend it. F 29 0 days
10 mg 1X D
 1  Back pain Worse drug ii hav ever taken in my life . I have had to use many pharmaceutical drugs due to a stroke in the past . I took 3 days , tremors all Over with jittery inside / I have been off now 2 days and still no better!!! I have Ativan and it is not even touching the tremors and jitteriness. Stay away this is a dangerous drug !!! It should be taken off the market. Do not take!!! M 45 3 days
1.5 6X D
 1  Sinus infection The effects i experienced were horrible ' this doctor gave me a high dose injection of dexamethasone . I had horrific side effects memory loss' cognitive problems severe depression ' this is the drug from hell . 56 1 days
10 mg pote 1X D
 1  Sinus infection This drug is the worst, i couldn't talk right , memory loss, cognitive problems still get mixed up a year later Don't take this crap F 56 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  Migraine/Nausea Where do I start....tremors, pounding and fast heart beat, insomnia, tingling throughout whole body (even face), urgency to pee, muscle aches in back and chest, chest pains. Off and on pains throughout arms, legs and stomach, stomach bloating, blurred vision. Went to ER for migraine and nausea and was prescribed this evil drug. I was not told about potential side effects. I was given 10mg through IV. I'm just entering day 3 and I've maybe slept 6 hours total. This drug is a horrible disaster. Please please please do not take this! F 29 1 days
10mg 1X D
 4  Migraine cocktail Insomnia, but I can see, I am not nauseous, and I don't feel as if my skull cracking open. F 42 0 days
10 mg 1X D
 1  Bilateral Pneumonia Covid Placed on this medication due to Bilateral Pneumonia secondary to Covid-19. I was prescribed 6 mg a day for ten days. Today I am on my 4th day. I have not slept more than 3 hours a night, if that much. My muscles ache from shaking so much and clenching. I walk, bounce and tremble. The constant jittery visible to the eye hand shaking and sensation , along with stomach pains and muscle aches is absolutely horrendous. Difficult to urinate, even though hydrating non stop. To treat pneumonia, has had me experiencing moderate reactions from this drug from hell. I can’t even rest from the pneumonia due to all the horrific symptoms. The drug lasts in your system for up to a week after the last dose and can’t be discontinued abruptly due to severe side effects! Not surprised. I have never experienced this before in my entire life. This drug is not safe and I would use extreme precaution in people that actually do suffer from anxiety, headaches, stomach/abdominal cramping, neurological issues. It is HELL. steer clear of this! Shaking as I type this! Horrible Drug! F 43 5 days
6 1X D
 1  Sinus infection Awful side effects couldnt remember , talk right not myself, confusion hair loss A rotten injection don't take this its awful F 56 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  For sinus infection Awful experience this dr Richard ferro gave me high dose dexamethasone sodium phosphate for a sinus infection I, experienced horrific side effects, memory loss, cognitive problems, hallucinations, severe anxiety, severe depression couldnt stop crying ,confusion a year later still dont feel right Dont take this dr uhg whatever you do. F 55 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  Migraine I had an iv injection of decadron 11 days ago and I still experience panic, insomnia, face and neck flushing, high blood pressure spikes. After 6 days I had to go to the ER and they had to give me meds to drop my blood pressure, it was 168/128. Even though I'm already on blood pressure meds. Every pharmacist I ask says it should be gone by now. But I dont feel like myself still. Do NOT take this drug. 26 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  Brain Swelling from radiation Anxiety, muscle loss, bone loss, Depression, Moon fave, increase appetite, buffalo hump, numbness tingling of hands, insomnia, fatigue, hot flashes, headaches, nerve pain This drug is absolutely terrible. I've somehow lost weight while being on this drug, probably from all the muscle and bone I've lost. Currently tapering off, but I'm young and most likely won't have long term issues because of the drug, but still, its a terrible fucking drug. M 21 3 months
4 mg
 1  Headache Extreme Nausea, Loss Of Appetite, Anxiety, Crying, Racing Heart, Insomnia, Muscle Tingling and Twitching, Heart Burn, Peeling Skin On Face, Dry Mouth I had 10 mg iv push 13 days ago and I have all of these symptoms!! Can someone please tell me how long this takes to get out of my system? F 42 1 days
10 mg
 1  Nausea before chemo Loss of muscle in legs, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, took away my quality of life in one day. Do not take this drug for nausea. Nausea is nothing next to this horrible drug. F 72 1 days
20 mg. 3xd
 4  Allergic reaction (mosquito bite) Administered IV push. Soon after experienced flushing and severe pins & needles type burning fiery rain trickling down over my head, which then passed down to my perineal area. It was unpleasant and a bit scary, because I was worried I was having an allergic reaction to it, but it passed over in about a minute with no other adverse effects. Once the side-effect was over it did help considerably with my allergic reaction. Id take it again if needed, but ask if it could be diluted more and given IV drip or a much slower IV push. Im a retired RN and it was probably administered too quickly. F 56 1 days
 1  Had an allergic reaction to something Severe anxiety/depression, it was torment. I was given a double dose by needle. I have put it on my list of medicines I'm allergic to. I hate that drug. F 24 1 days

DECADRON  (DEXAMETHASONE):  Dexamethasone is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood/hormone/immune system disorders, allergic reactions, certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel disorders, and certain cancers. It is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder (Cushing's syndrome). This medication is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). It decreases your body's natural defensive response and reduces symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)