Why the Decadron?

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munchkin81
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my first iron infusion last week.  My hemoglobin was 8.6.  Today is was down to 8.5 when I went in for my next infusion.  This time along iwith the B12 and the iron, I got an iv of Decadron.  I'm not exactly sure what this was for.  I looked online and there are lots of uses.  What purpose does this serve for an iron infusion.  I did not have a reaction during the first infusion, so I'm just not sure.
Any ideas?
Munchkin 81
27 year old female.  DX June 2007.
abscess Nov. 2006 - drain and surgery
Resection 11/07
Resection 4/08
on Remicade...off Remicade.  reaction during 4th infusion
on Humira
 


randynoguts
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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   
probably just for added insurance against a reation. it seems its is a synthetic steroid, so one would assume that it would act similarly to prednisone. some types of infusions , a steroid or antihystamine or both are given before hand.. sometimes even with no reaction to the first infusion , some may have one on the second. if this has been your infusion places experiance, they may do it on the second just to be more cautious.
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munchkin81
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 73
   Posted 3/20/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you.  That's probably why they didn't say much about it, but I just want to know what is given to me an why. Much appreciated
Munchkin 81
27 year old female.  DX June 2007.
abscess Nov. 2006 - drain and surgery
Resection 11/07
Resection 4/08
on Remicade...off Remicade.  reaction during 4th infusion
on Humira
 

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