Generic Name(s): Dexamethasone
Drug Class: Corticosteroids
Treats: Ulcer, Arthritis, Cancer, Allergies
Zema is a steroid used to treat conditions such as disorders of the skin, blood, breathing. It is also used to treat ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, and certain type of cancers. Zema is used prevent the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation by decreasing the effect of the body immune system. Zema is also used to reduce allergic reactions. Zema is available only with your doctor's prescription. Zema may weaken the overall immune system of your body.
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Zema provides relief for inflamed areas of the body and is used to treat a wide range of conditions which include,arthritis, blood/hormone/immune system disorder, allergic reactions, breathing problems, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, certain cancers, certain bowel disorders, and certain skin and eye conditions. Zema is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder. It can also be used during cancer chemotherapy to prevent nausea and vomiting. Below you will find the uses of Zema.
- Inflammation caused by various conditions
- Certain cancers
- Multiple sclerosis
- Ulcerative colitis
You should take Zema as directed by your doctor, do not reduce or increase the dosage. The doctor may adjust the dosage to ensure that you get the best results. Other factors that may change your dosage include a new infection, stress or if you suddenly need surgery. It can be taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upsets. The length and dosage will be determined by the condition and response to the medication. If on liquid form, measure with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup. It is taken once daily, take it in the morning before 9 AM. Below you will find a typical dosage of Zema.
- Adults: : Initial dose of 0.75 to 9 milligrams (mg) per day
- Children:, Initial dose of 0.02 to 0.3 mg per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day
Zema Side Effects
Zema is a steroid and can weaken your immune system making you vulnerable to getting an infection or worsen it if you already have one. You should not use Zema if you are allergic to dexamethasone or have any fungal infection. Some conditions may become worse when medication is suddenly stopped, the doctor may attempt to reduce your dose slowly from time to time. Do not suddenly stop Zema medication, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
- Rapid weight gain
- Short of breath
- Severe depression
- Unusual behavior
- Bloody stools
- Coughing up blood
- Irregular heartbeats
- Extreme thirst
- Increased urination
- Leg discomfort
- Muscle weakness
- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
Other drugs may interact with Zema and affect how it works or increase the chance of experiencing serious effects. Tell your doctor if you are using any other medical condition, or if you have any medical condition as there are many other diseases that can be affected by steroid use. Tell the doctor if you are suffering from liver, heart or kidney disease, thyroid disorder, diabetes, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, muscle disorder, glaucoma or cataracts, herpes infection of the eyes, ulcers or high blood pressure. You should also tell the doctor if you have depression or another mental illness. You should not receive a 'live' vaccine while you are taking Zema. It can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby and nursing mothers should consult the doctor before taking this medication. This is not a complete list of all drugs and substances that may interact with Zema: