Dexamethasone – or Decadron, or commonly known as Dex – is a very powerful steroid usually prescribed to folks fighting blood cancers. It is normally prescribed in tandem with an other cancer fighting drug and it seems to act as a “force multiplier” to help make the other drug more effective.
Look it up on Web MD or on the internet:
Don’t let the small pill size deceive you; it packs a heck of a punch. If/when your doctor prescribes this to you BE SURE to have a detailed conversation about side effects so you know what to expect. I don’t know why some doctors don’t do this better. But trust me on this – Dex can MESS YOU UP. It will give you mood swings like crazy and if you are not careful you will find yourself snapping at your care giver, which is NOT a good thing. It can also make your face swell up like a balloon in the Macy’s Day Parade. And it can mess up your sleep. “But don’t worry; we can give you another drug to help with that.” I know they mean well, but sometimes you will feel like a witch’s cauldron bubbling over with all kinds of poisonous drugs and medicines.
On that blessed day when you eventually can go off Dex, your doctor should gradually taper the dosage levels down. Whew!