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Old 01-30-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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dexamethasone 7.5mg??

Has anyone used dexamethasone? And how long were you able to remain on it? I was put on this and it was the only rx that gave me any relief of pain and swelling. But was only allowed on it for a month due to the side effects. I have not been told exactly what kind of arthritis I have yet. Just was told it seems to be a rare kind that my family doc hadnt even heard of till one of his other patients was sent to a RA specialist and was diagnosised with it. My doc couldnt even remember the name of it. but his other patient had same relief of symptoms when put on this rx. My appt with the RA isnt till end of Feb and now I do not have any meds to help with symptoms till I see the RA doc and even then my family doc said there my not be much they can put me on as I am allergic to anything with sulfa in it and i cant take anything with cortizone. So Im feeling pretty crappy about the whole thing. This has been going on for over 2 years now and Im getting tired of no answers and when they do find a rx that helps I cant take it for longer then a month?????????????

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Old 02-04-2008, 09:30 PM   #2
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Re: dexamethasone 7.5mg??

Im beginning to wonder why my pc doc would put me on dexamethasone if noone else has ever been on it for arthritis. VERY CONCERNED NOW!!

Old 02-07-2008, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: dexamethasone 7.5mg??

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid drug. I am glad you are going to see a rheumy, don't let your dr discourage you. there are many different meds out there now to help with all forms of arthritis and the rheumy is the best one to determine which would help you. I have been on prednisone which is a corticosteroid off and on for the 20 yrs that I have had RA, it does have side effects but my dr tries for the least amount that helps along with the long acting drugs to prevent further joint damage. good luck!

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