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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.

Decadron Side Effects Reported to FDA



Decadron Side Effect Report#9988452
Blood Glucose Increased
This is a report of a 37-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health 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): Blood Glucose Increased 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.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9919311
Urticaria, Pruritus
This report suggests a potential Decadron Urticaria 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. After starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Urticaria, PruritusAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Urticaria, may still occur.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9859910
Hepatic Failure, Melaena, Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatic Function Abnormal, Blood Pressure Increased, Convulsion, Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome, Tracheal Haemorrhage
This Hepatic Failure 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 using 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 HaemorrhageAlthough 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.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9834070
Diverticular Perforation
This Diverticular Perforation side effect was reported by a health professional from JP. A 69-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: myeloma cast nephropathy.The patient was prescribed Decadron Phosphate Injection (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on 201005. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Bortezomib (Unk)
.After starting to take Decadron Phosphate Injection the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Diverticular PerforationThese side effects may potentially be related to Decadron Phosphate Injection.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9747577
Heart Rate Irregular, Blood Pressure Increased, Swollen Tongue, Psychotic Disorder, Depression, Blood Sodium Decreased, Product Quality Issue
This is a report of a 55-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: One Injection, Into The Muscle, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Heart Rate Irregular, Blood Pressure Increased, Swollen Tongue, Psychotic Disorder, Depression, Blood Sodium Decreased, Product Quality Issue after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in male patients, resulting in Heart Rate Irregular side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9706599
Anaemia, Leukopenia, Neutropenia, Myalgia
This report suggests a potential Decadron Anaemia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 55-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from IT was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Decadron (dosage: NA) starting
Feb 19, 2013. After starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Anaemia, Leukopenia, Neutropenia, MyalgiaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Trimeton
  • Zantac
  • Irinotecan Hydrochloride
  • Erbitux
Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anaemia, may still occur.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9677215
Hypotension, Pain In Jaw, Chest Pain, Fatigue, Productive Cough, Dizziness, Chest Pain, Cardiac Failure Congestive
This Hypotension problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 74-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma. On
Feb 23, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Decadron Elixir (dosage: Day Of And Day After Velcade Dose). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • 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
When using Decadron Elixir, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Hypotension, Pain In Jaw, Chest Pain, Fatigue, Productive Cough, Dizziness, Chest Pain, Cardiac Failure CongestiveThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Hypotension, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9629536
Hypoglycaemia
This Hypoglycaemia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from JP. A 64-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dermatomyositis,diabetes mellitus.The patient was prescribed Decadron Elixir (drug dosage: 0.75 Mg Daily), which was initiated on 201110. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Exenatide (10 Microgram Daily)
  • Prednisolone (Unk)
  • Insulin (Unk)
  • Liraglutide (Unk)
.After starting to take Decadron Elixir the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: HypoglycaemiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Decadron Elixir.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9602082
Diarrhoea, Upper-airway Cough Syndrome, Increased Upper Airway Secretion, Tongue Disorder, Local Swelling, Blood Creatinine Increased, Fatigue, Nausea, Blood Pressure Increased
This is a report of a 65-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: 8 Mg Per Day, start time: 201212), combined with:
  • Votrient (800 Mg, Qd)
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Flomax (tamsulosin Hydrochloride)
  • Venlafaxine Hydrochloride
  • Amlodipine Besylate
  • Dexamethasone
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Diarrhoea, Upper-airway Cough Syndrome, Increased Upper Airway Secretion, Tongue Disorder, Local Swelling, Blood Creatinine Increased, Fatigue, Nausea, Blood Pressure Increased after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in male patients, resulting in Diarrhoea side effect.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9540501
Hyperglycaemia, Vomiting, Pyrexia, Empyema
This report suggests a potential Decadron Hyperglycaemia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 16-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: acute lymphocytic leukaemia and used Decadron (dosage: Unk) starting
Sep 26, 2012. After starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hyperglycaemia, Vomiting, Pyrexia, EmpyemaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Dasatinib (1 Df, Qd)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Hyperglycaemia, may still occur.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9539232
Pyrexia, Infection, Off Label Use
This Pyrexia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from GB. A 71-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma. On
Jun 07, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Decadron Tablets (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • 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)
When using Decadron Tablets, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Pyrexia, Infection, Off Label UseThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Pyrexia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9537361
Somnolence, Blood Glucose Increased, Aphagia, Muscular Weakness, Candida Infection, Decreased Appetite, Abasia, Fatigue
This Somnolence side effect was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 85-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Decadron (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Aug 02, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Revlimid (25 Mg, Qd (daily))
  • Revlimid (25 Mg, Qod (every Other Day))
.After starting to take Decadron the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Somnolence, Blood Glucose Increased, Aphagia, Muscular Weakness, Candida Infection, Decreased Appetite, Abasia, FatigueThese side effects may potentially be related to Decadron. The patient was hospitalized.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9527067
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 (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: NA, start time:
Jan 15, 2013), combined with:
  • 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)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, Affect Lability, Insomnia, Pain In Extremity, Feeling Abnormal, Disorientation, Paraproteinaemia, Fatigue, Neutropenia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in male patients, resulting in Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis side effect.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9520531
Empyema, Hyperglycaemia, Pyrexia, Vomiting
This report suggests a potential Decadron Empyema side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 16-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: acute lymphocytic leukaemia and used Decadron (dosage: Unk) starting
Sep 26, 2012. After starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Empyema, Hyperglycaemia, Pyrexia, VomitingAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Dasatinib (1 Df, Qd, 100 (unit Not Specified))
The patient was hospitalized. Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Empyema, may still occur.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9502239
Dyspnoea, Chills, Cough, Pyrexia
This Dyspnoea problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 73-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma. On
May 10, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Decadron (dosage: 10 Mg, Qw). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Velcade (1.3 Mg/m2, Qw)
  • Cytoxan (320 Mg, Qw)
When using Decadron, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Dyspnoea, Chills, Cough, PyrexiaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Dyspnoea, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9495117
Hyperglycaemia
This Hyperglycaemia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 48-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: adenocarcinoma of colon.The patient was prescribed Decadron (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on
May 08, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Fluorouracil (Unk)
  • Eloxatin (Unk)
  • Leucovorin Calcium (Unk)
  • Ativan
  • Benadryl
  • Citalopram
  • Emend
  • Ferrous Sulfate
.After starting to take Decadron the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: HyperglycaemiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Decadron.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9470660
Hyperglycaemia, Confusional State
This is a report of a 45-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Insulin
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hyperglycaemia, Confusional State after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in female patients, resulting in Hyperglycaemia side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9385066
Atrial Fibrillation, Pneumonia
This report suggests a potential Decadron Atrial Fibrillation side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 63-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma and used Decadron (dosage: 20 Mg, Q8 Day) starting
Aug 05, 2012. After starting Decadron the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Atrial Fibrillation, PneumoniaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Velcade (3 Mg, Q8 Days)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Decadron demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Atrial Fibrillation, may still occur.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9383730
Abscess Limb
This Abscess Limb problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma. On
May 01, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Decadron (dosage: 4 Mg, Qw). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Decadron, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Abscess LimbThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Abscess Limb, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9341321
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 (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Feb 04, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Abraxane (168 Mg D1, 8, 15 Q28 Iv)
  • Paraplatin
  • Heparin
  • Palonoset
.After starting to take Decadron the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Nausea, Vomiting, DiarrhoeaThese side effects may potentially be related to Decadron. The patient was hospitalized.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9338934
Muscle Spasms, Dyskinesia
This is a report of a 44-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP, suffering from the following health 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): Muscle Spasms, Dyskinesia 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.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9325267
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. After starting Decadron Phosphate Injection the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hepatic Function AbnormalAdditional 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.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9275956
Septic Shock, Pneumonia, Lung Disorder, Renal Disorder
This Septic Shock 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 using Decadron, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Septic Shock, Pneumonia, Lung Disorder, Renal DisorderAlthough 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.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9270751
Spinal Column Stenosis, Intervertebral Disc Protrusion, Psychomotor Hyperactivity, Psoriatic Arthropathy, Back Pain, Abnormal Behaviour, Dizziness, Lethargy, Condition Aggravated
This Spinal Column Stenosis side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Decadron (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Remicade (Formulation: Lyophilized Powder)
  • Remicade (7 Units, Formulation: Lyophilized Powder)
  • Remicade
  • Cymbalta (60 Mg, Qd)
  • Ambien (1 Df, Qd)
.After starting to take Decadron the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Spinal Column Stenosis, Intervertebral Disc Protrusion, Psychomotor Hyperactivity, Psoriatic Arthropathy, Back Pain, Abnormal Behaviour, Dizziness, Lethargy, Condition AggravatedThese side effects may potentially be related to Decadron.
Decadron Side Effect Report#9250305
Dehydration, Lethargy, Vomiting, Exposure During Breast Feeding
This is a report of a 28-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: asthma, who was treated with Decadron (dosage: One Injection Muscle, start time:
Apr 17, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Dehydration, Lethargy, Vomiting, Exposure During Breast Feeding after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Decadron treatment in female patients, resulting in Dehydration side effect.


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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.

What are common 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

What are common 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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