Zema is a drug that is used to treat Allergic Rhinitis, Eye Inflammation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other conditions. It is of the Corticosteroids class of drugs that can also be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, itching, skin allergies, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, eye inflammation, asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, ulcerative colitis, edema, adrenal insufficiency, and hemorrhoids.
Corticosteroids work by blocking substances in the body that cause swelling. Zema should be taken exactly as one’s doctor directs and it should not be taken for longer than the doctor orders. It should also not be taken for less time than the doctor orders.
In this article, we will consider everything you need to know before taking Zema;
The dosage will be different on a patient by patient basis. You should follow the doctor’s orders or the directions on the Zema label which includes only the average doses of the medicine.
Do not change the dosage unless your doctor tells you to; the amount of medicine will depend on the strength of the medicine. The number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
When you miss a dose of the Zema medicine, take it as soon as possible except it is almost time for your next dose then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Use & Storage
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
- Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
- Throw away any unused Dexamethasone Intensol™ solution 90 days after the bottle is opened for the first time.
There may be possible allergies which you should report to your doctor.
Some medicines should not be taken together at all and in other cases, two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur all these should be decided by your doctor.
GoodRx prescribes the following precautions for taking Zema;
- If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it is very important that your doctor checks you at regular visits for any unwanted effects that may be caused by this medicine. Blood or urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- If you are using this medicine for a long time, tell your doctor about any extra stress or anxiety in your life, including other health concerns and emotional stress. Your dose of this medicine might need to be changed for a short time while you have extra stress.
- Using too much of this medicine or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. Talk to your doctor right away if you have more than one of these symptoms while you are using this medicine: blurred vision; dizziness or fainting; a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; irritability; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
- While you are being treated with dexamethasone, do not have any immunizations (vaccines) without your doctor’s approval. Dexamethasone may lower your body’s resistance and the vaccine may not work as well or you might get the infection the vaccine is meant to prevent. In addition, you should not be around other persons living in your household who receive live virus vaccines because there is a chance they could pass the virus on to you. Some examples of live vaccines include measles, mumps, influenza (nasal flu vaccine), poliovirus (oral form), rotavirus, and rubella. Do not get close to them and do not stay in the same room with them for very long. If you have questions about this, talk to your doctor.
- Check with your doctor right away if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).
- This medicine might cause thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) or slow growth in children if used for a long time. Tell your doctor if you have any bone pain or if you have an increased risk for osteoporosis. If your child is using this medicine, tell the doctor if you think your child is not growing properly.
- This medicine may cause changes in mood or behavior for some patients. Tell your doctor right away if you have depression; mood swings; a false or unusual sense of well-being; trouble with sleeping; or personality changes while taking this medicine.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain skin tests.
- Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.