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Decadron Side Effects

Common Decadron Side Effects


The most commonly reported Decadron side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Pneumonia (84)
Fatigue (74)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (73)
Asthenia (65)
Dyspnoea (63)
Pulmonary Embolism (62)
Hyperglycaemia (60)
Nausea (59)
Diarrhoea (55)
Confusional State (53)
Death (52)
Vomiting (49)
Oedema Peripheral (48)
Pyrexia (44)
Dehydration (43)
Haemoglobin Decreased (42)
Constipation (41)
Sepsis (41)
Hypotension (39)
Diabetes Mellitus (38)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Decadron Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Decadron reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Decadron on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Blood Glucose Increased
This is a report of a 37-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: NA, start time: Jan 16, 2014), combined with:
  • Copaxone (20 Mg, Unk)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Blood Glucose Increased
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in female patients, resulting in blood glucose increased side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

Urticaria, Pruritus
This report suggests a potential Decadron Urticaria, Pruritus side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 35-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: throat tightness and used Decadron (dosage: Unk) starting NS. Soon after starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Urticaria
  • Pruritus
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as urticaria, may still occur.

Hepatic Failure, Melaena, Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatic Function Abnormal, Blood Pressure Increased, Convulsion, Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome, Tracheal Haemorrhage
This Hepatic Failure, Melaena, Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatic Function Abnormal, Blood Pressure Increased, Convulsion, Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome, Tracheal Haemorrhage problem was reported by a pharmacist from JP. A 4-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On May 27, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Decadron Phosphate Injection (dosage: 0.25 Mg, Tid). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Decadron Phosphate Injection, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Hepatic Failure
  • Melaena
  • Bone Marrow Failure
  • Hepatic Function Abnormal
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Convulsion
  • Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome
  • Tracheal Haemorrhage
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as hepatic failure, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Diverticular Perforation
This is a report of a 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: myeloma cast nephropathy and was treated with Decadron Phosphate Injection (dosage: Unk) starting 201005. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Bortezomib (Unk)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Diverticular Perforation
This opens a possibility that Decadron Phosphate Injection treatment could cause the above reactions, including diverticular perforation, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Heart Rate Irregular, Blood Pressure Increased, Swollen Tongue, Psychotic Disorder, Depression, Blood Sodium Decreased, Product Quality Issue
A 55-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Decadron treatment (dosage: One Injection, Into The Muscle) on NS. Soon after starting Decadron treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Heart Rate Irregular
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Swollen Tongue
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Blood Sodium Decreased
  • Product Quality Issue
Concurrently used drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Decadron.

Anaemia, Leukopenia, Neutropenia, Myalgia
A 55-year-old female patient from IT (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Decadron(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on Feb 19, 2013. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Anaemia
  • Leukopenia
  • Neutropenia
  • Myalgia
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Decadron efficacy:
  • Trimeton
  • Zantac
  • Irinotecan Hydrochloride
  • Erbitux


Hypotension, Pain In Jaw, Chest Pain, Fatigue, Productive Cough, Dizziness, Cardiac Failure Congestive
In this report, Decadron Elixir was administered for the following condition: plasma cell myeloma.A 74-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) started Decadron Elixir treatment (dosage: Day Of And Day After Velcade Dose) on Feb 23, 2012.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Hypotension
  • Pain In Jaw
  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Productive Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Cardiac Failure Congestive
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction:
  • Velcade (Unk)
  • Velcade (Day 1,4,8,11 Of 21 Day Cycle)
  • Velcade (Day 1,4,8,11 Of 21 Day Cycle)
  • Zometa
  • Xanax
  • Aspirin
  • Protonix
  • Valium
The patient was hospitalized.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Decadron Elixir treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Hypoglycaemia
This is a report of the following Decadron Elixir side effect(s):
  • Hypoglycaemia
A 64-year-old female patient from JP (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: dermatomyositis,diabetes mellitus and received a treatment with Decadron Elixir (dosage: 0.75 Mg Daily) starting: 201110.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions:
  • Exenatide (10 Microgram Daily)
  • Prednisolone (Unk)
  • Insulin (Unk)
  • Liraglutide (Unk)
This report suggests that a Decadron Elixir treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Diarrhoea, Upper-airway Cough Syndrome, Increased Upper Airway Secretion, Tongue Disorder, Local Swelling, Blood Creatinine Increased, Fatigue, Nausea, Blood Pressure Increased
This Decadron report was submitted by a 65-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: NA and Decadron was administered (dosage: 8 Mg Per Day) starting: 201212. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Diarrhoea
  • Upper-airway Cough Syndrome
  • Increased Upper Airway Secretion
  • Tongue Disorder
  • Local Swelling
  • Blood Creatinine Increased
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Blood Pressure Increased
Other drugs used simultaneously:
  • Votrient (800 Mg, Qd)
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Flomax (tamsulosin Hydrochloride)
  • Venlafaxine Hydrochloride
  • Amlodipine Besylate
  • Dexamethasone
Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Decadron treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Hyperglycaemia, Vomiting, Pyrexia, Empyema
This is a report of a possible correlation between Decadron use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Vomiting
  • Pyrexia
  • Empyema
which could contribute to an assessment of Decadron risk profile.A 16-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from acute lymphocytic leukaemia and was treated with Decadron (dosage: Unk) starting Sep 26, 2012.Other concurrent medications:
  • Dasatinib (1 Df, Qd)
The patient was hospitalized.

Pyrexia, Infection, Off Label Use
A 71-year-old male patient from GB (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: plasma cell myeloma and after a treatment with Decadron Tablets (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Pyrexia
  • Infection
  • Off Label Use
The treatment was started on Jun 07, 2011. Decadron Tablets was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • Velcade (1.8 Mg, Weekly)
  • Omeprazole (40 Mg, Unk)
  • Acyclovir (800 Mg, Unk)
  • Aspirin (75 Mg, Unk)
  • Corsodyl (40 Ml, Unk)
  • Disopyramide (300 Mg, Unk)
  • Miconazole (Unk)
  • Nystatin (4 Ml, Unk)
The patient was hospitalized.This report could alert potential Decadron Tablets consumers.

Somnolence, Blood Glucose Increased, Aphagia, Muscular Weakness, Candida Infection, Decreased Appetite, Abasia, Fatigue
In this report, a 85-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Decadron side effect.The patient was diagnosed with NA. After a treatment with Decadron (dosage: NA, start date: Aug 02, 2013), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Somnolence
  • Blood Glucose Increased
  • Aphagia
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Candida Infection
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Abasia
  • Fatigue
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction:
  • Revlimid (25 Mg, Qd (daily))
  • Revlimid (25 Mg, Qod (every Other Day))
The patient was hospitalized.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Decadron treatment.

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, Affect Lability, Insomnia, Pain In Extremity, Feeling Abnormal, Disorientation, Paraproteinaemia, Fatigue, Neutropenia
This is a report of a 71-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA), who used Decadron (dosage: NA) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on Jan 15, 2013, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis
  • Affect Lability
  • Insomnia
  • Pain In Extremity
  • Feeling Abnormal
  • Disorientation
  • Paraproteinaemia
  • Fatigue
  • Neutropenia
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Decadron treatment
  • Prilosec (20 Mg, Bid)
  • Revlimid (10 Mg, Qd)
  • Revlimid (10 Mg, Bid)
  • Revlimid (20 Mg, For 21 Days Every 28 Days)
  • Zometa (4 Mg, 4 X Per Month)
  • Velcade (2 Mg, 4 X Per Month)
  • Acyclovir (200 Mg, 2 Qd)
  • Aspirin (325 Mg, Qd)
Taken together, these observations suggest that a Decadron treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, Affect Lability, Insomnia, Pain In Extremity, Feeling Abnormal, Disorientation, Paraproteinaemia, Fatigue, Neutropenia.

Empyema, Hyperglycaemia, Pyrexia, Vomiting
This empyema side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 16-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: acute lymphocytic leukaemia. The patient was prescribed Decadron (dosage: Unk), which was started on Sep 26, 2012. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Dasatinib (1 Df, Qd, 100 (unit Not Specified))
When starting to take Decadron the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Empyema
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Pyrexia
  • Vomiting
The patient was hospitalized. These side effects may potentially be related to Decadron.

Dyspnoea, Chills, Cough, Pyrexia
This is a Decadron side effect report of a 73-year-old male patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma, who was treated with Decadron (dosage:10 Mg, Qw, start time: May 10, 2013), combined with:
  • Velcade (1.3 Mg/m2, Qw)
  • Cytoxan (320 Mg, Qw)
, and developed a serious reaction and a dyspnoea side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Dyspnoea
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Pyrexia
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in male patients suffering from plasma cell myeloma, resulting in dyspnoea.

Hyperglycaemia
This report suggests a potential Decadron hyperglycaemia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 48-year-old female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): adenocarcinoma of colon and used Decadron (dosage: Unk) starting May 08, 2013. Soon after starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Hyperglycaemia
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Fluorouracil (Unk)
  • Eloxatin (Unk)
  • Leucovorin Calcium (Unk)
  • Ativan
  • Benadryl
  • Citalopram
  • Emend
  • Ferrous Sulfate
Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as hyperglycaemia, may still occur.

Hyperglycaemia, Confusional State
This hyperglycaemia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 45-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): NA.On NS a consumer started treatment with Decadron (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
  • Insulin
When commencing Decadron, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Confusional State
The patient was hospitalized. Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as hyperglycaemia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Atrial Fibrillation, Pneumonia
This is a Decadron side effect report of a 63-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma and was treated with Decadron (dosage: 20 Mg, Q8 Day) starting Aug 05, 2012. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Velcade (3 Mg, Q8 Days)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Pneumonia
The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Decadron could cause atrial fibrillation and that some male patients may be more susceptible.

Abscess Limb
A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: plasma cell myeloma started Decadron treatment (dosage: 4 Mg, Qw) on May 01, 2012. Soon after starting Decadron treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Abscess Limb
. Concurrently used drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Decadron side effects, such as abscess limb.

Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea
This nausea side effect was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 68-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Decadron (dosage: NA), which was started on Feb 04, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Abraxane (168 Mg D1, 8, 15 Q28 Iv)
  • Paraplatin
  • Heparin
  • Palonoset
.When starting to take Decadron the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
These side effects may potentially be related to Decadron. The patient was hospitalized.

Muscle Spasms, Dyskinesia
This is a report of a 44-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: Unk, start time: Apr 10, 2013), combined with:
  • Proemend (Unk)
  • Campto (240 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Campto (240 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Campto (240 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Campto (240 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Campto (240 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Levofolinate (300 Mg, 1x/day)
  • 5-fu (Unk)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Dyskinesia
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in female patients, resulting in muscle spasms side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

Hepatic Function Abnormal
This report suggests a potential Decadron Phosphate Injection Hepatic Function Abnormal side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 8-year-old patient (weight: NA) from JP was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Decadron Phosphate Injection (dosage: Unk) starting NS. Soon after starting Decadron Phosphate Injection the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Hepatic Function Abnormal
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Alendronate Sodium (Unk)
  • Tocilizumab (Unk)
  • Famotidine (Unk)
  • Acyclovir (Unk)
Although Decadron Phosphate Injection demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as hepatic function abnormal, may still occur.

Septic Shock, Pneumonia, Lung Disorder, Renal Disorder
This Septic Shock, Pneumonia, Lung Disorder, Renal Disorder problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: rheumatoid arthritis. On Mar 24, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Decadron (dosage: Does 1m1 Frequence 1). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Decadron, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Septic Shock
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung Disorder
  • Renal Disorder
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as septic shock, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Spinal Column Stenosis, Intervertebral Disc Protrusion, Psychomotor Hyperactivity, Psoriatic Arthropathy, Back Pain, Abnormal Behaviour, Dizziness, Lethargy, Condition Aggravated
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Decadron (dosage: NA) starting 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Remicade (Formulation: Lyophilized Powder)
  • Remicade (7 Units, Formulation: Lyophilized Powder)
  • Remicade
  • Cymbalta (60 Mg, Qd)
  • Ambien (1 Df, Qd)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Spinal Column Stenosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Protrusion
  • Psychomotor Hyperactivity
  • Psoriatic Arthropathy
  • Back Pain
  • Abnormal Behaviour
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Condition Aggravated
This opens a possibility that Decadron treatment could cause the above reactions, including spinal column stenosis, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

Dehydration, Lethargy, Vomiting, Exposure During Breast Feeding
A 28-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: asthma started Decadron treatment (dosage: One Injection Muscle) on Apr 17, 2013. Soon after starting Decadron treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Exposure During Breast Feeding
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Decadron.

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Top 10 Decadron Side Effects for Women

Women Side EffectsReports
Fatigue 42
Asthenia 32
Dyspnoea 31
Nausea 30
Pneumonia 30
Confusional State 28
Oedema Peripheral 27
Deep Vein Thrombosis 26
Constipation 24
Diarrhoea 24

Top 10 Decadron Side Effects for Men

Men Side EffectsReports
Pneumonia 49
Deep Vein Thrombosis 47
Pulmonary Embolism 40
Hyperglycaemia 37
Asthenia 33
Fatigue 32
Diarrhoea 31
Dyspnoea 31
Nausea 29
Death 28

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