Emflaza (Deflazacort)

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What is Emflaza (Deflazacort) prescribed for?

This medication is technically a steroid that is used in the treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is usually called DMD, and it is a genetic disease that affects different groups of muscles cells, causing them to die, with the results being weak, small and deformed.

While Emflaza is not a cure for this disease, it does however, helps in improving muscle strength and slows the progression of the disability.

This medication is to be taken with or without food. Follow the directions your doctor has given you. Swallow the tablet whole, however if you cannot swallow it you may crush it and sprinkle the medicine in a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away, do not try and chew. And do not save any for a later use.

Keep in mind that the dose for this medication is based on weight. Therefore, your dose may need to change if you gain or lose weight.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Deflazacort, or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform them you have had the following; any type of bacterial, fungal, viral, or parasite infection; heart problems, high blood pressure; a heart attack or stroke; fluid retention; kidney disease; liver disease (especially hepatitis B); a stomach or intestinal disorder; a colostomy or ileostomy; cataracts, glaucoma, or herpes infection of the eyes; diabetes; a nerve-muscle disorder, such as myasthenia gravis; low bone mineral density; or a problem with your thyroid, pituitary gland, or adrenal gland.

You should also be current in all your vaccinations before taking this medication. Speak with your doctor on further details.

Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; fever, chills, sore throat, weakness; severe or ongoing diarrhea; the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; swelling in your hands, feet, or lower legs; severe muscle weakness; decreased adrenal gland hormones--weakness, diarrhea, nausea, menstrual changes, skin discoloration, craving salty foods, and feeling light-headed; increased adrenal gland hormones--weight gain in your face and upper back, slow wound healing, skin discoloration, acne, thinning skin, increased body hair, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes; high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or low potassium level--leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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