What is it? 
This topical medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash). 

How do I avoid it? 
Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. Be sure to tell your health care provider that you have this allergy.

Skin contact with dexamethasone-21-phosphate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing dexamethasone-21-phosphate should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
Uses: Anti-inflammatory agent - creams, lotions and injection.

Other names for dexamethasone-21-phosphate (disodium salt):
  • (11b, 16a) -9-Fluoro-11, 17, 21-trihydroxy-16-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3, 20-dione
  • 9a-fluoro-16a-methylprednisolone
  • 16a-methyl-9a-fluoro-1, 4-pregnadiene-11b, 17a, 21-triol-3, 20-dione
  • 16a-methyl-9a-fluoroprednisolone
  • 1-dehydro-16a-methyl-9a-fluorohydrocortisone 
  • 16a-methyl-9a-fluro-D1-hydrocortisone
  • Dexamethasone 21-(dihydrogen phosphate) disodium salt

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Alclomethasone dipropionate
  • Beclomethasone dipropionate
  • Betamethasone
  • Betamethasone 17-valerate
  • Betamethasone dipropionate 
  • Clobetasol propionate
  • Clobetasone butyrate
  • Cortivazol
  • Desoxymethasone 
  • Dexamethasone 
  • Dexamethasone acetate 
  • Dexamethasone sodium phosphate
  • Diflorasone diacetate
  • Flumethasone pivalate
  • Fluocortin butyl
  • Fluocortolone
  • Fluocortolone caprylate
  • Fluocortolone pivalate
  • Fluprednidene acetate
  • Halomethasone
  • Meprednisone
  • Fluticasone propionate
  • Mometasone furoate

How safe is it?

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