Label: DEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE- dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection, emulsion

  • NDC Code(s): 76045-109-10
  • Packager: Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

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Updated January 21, 2021

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    For Intravenous or  Intramuscular use only.

    Rx only


    Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection, USP, is a water-soluble inorganic ester of dexamethasone which produces a rapid response even when injected intramuscularly. 

    Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate, USP has a molecular weight of 516.41 and chemically is Pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione, 9-fluoro-11,17-dihydroxy-16-methyl-21-(phosphonooxy)-, disodium salt, (11ß, 16α).

    It occurs as a white to creamy white powder, is exceedingly hygroscopic, is soluble in water and its solutions have a pH between 7.0 and 8.5.  It has the following structural formula:


    Each mL of Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection, USP (Preservative Free) contains Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate, USP equivalent to 10 mg dexamethasone phosphate; 25.80 mg sodium citrate dihydrate; and water for injection, q.s.  pH adjusted with citric acid or sodium hydroxide, if necessary.  pH: 7.0 to 8.5.


    Naturally occurring glucocorticoids (hydrocortisone and cortisone), which also have salt-retaining properties, are used as replacement therapy in adrenocortical deficiency states.  Their synthetic analogs are primarily used for their potent anti-inflammatory effects in disorders of many organ systems.

    Glucocorticoids cause profound and varied metabolic effects.  In addition, they modify the body’s immune responses to diverse stimuli.


    A. Intravenous or intramuscular administration.  When oral therapy is not feasible and the strength, dosage form, and route of administration of the drug reasonably lend the preparation to the treatment of the condition, those products labeled for intravenous or intramuscular use are indicated as follows:

    1. Endocrine disorders.  Primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency (hydrocortisone or cortisone is the drug of choice; synthetic analogs may be used in conjunction with mineralocorticoids

         where applicable; in infancy, mineralocorticoid supplementation is of particular importance).

         Acute adrenocortical insufficiency (hydrocortisone or cortisone is the drug of choice;
         mineralocorticoid supplementation may be necessary, particularly when synthetic 
         analogs are used).

         Preoperatively, and in the event of serious trauma or illness, in patients with known adrenal 
         insufficiency or when adrenocortical reserve is doubtful.

         Shock unresponsive to conventional therapy if adrenocortical insufficiency exists or is suspected.

         Congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

         Nonsuppurative thyroiditis.

         Hypercalcemia associated with cancer.

    2. Rheumatic disorders.  As adjunctive therapy for short-term administration (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in:

         Post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

         Synovitis of osteoarthritis.

         Rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (selected cases may require
         low-dose maintenance therapy).

         Acute and subacute bursitis.


         Acute nonspecific tenosynovitis.

         Acute gouty arthritis.

         Psoriatic arthritis.

         Ankylosing spondylitis.

    3.  Collagen diseases. During an exacerbation or as maintenance therapy in selected cases of:

         Systemic lupus erythematosus.

         Acute rheumatic carditis.

    4.  Dermatologic diseases.


         Severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome).

         Exfoliative dermatitis.

         Bullous dermatitis herpetiformis.

         Severe seborrheic dermatitis.

         Severe psoriasis.

         Mycosis fungoides.

    5. Allergic states.  Control of severe or incapacitating allergic conditions intractable to adequate trials of conventional treatment in:

         Bronchial asthma.

         Contact dermatitis.

         Atopic dermatitis.

         Serum sickness.

         Seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis.

         Drug hypersensitivity reactions.

         Urticarial transfusion reactions.

         Acute noninfectious laryngeal edema (epinephrine is the drug of first choice).

    6. Ophthalmic diseases.  Severe acute and chronic allergic and inflammatory processes involving the eye, such as:

         Herpes zoster ophthalmicus.

         Iritis, iridocyclitis.


         Diffuse posterior uveitis and choroiditis.

         Optic neuritis.

         Sympathetic ophthalmia.

         Anterior segment inflammation.

         Allergic conjunctivitis.

         Allergic corneal marginal ulcers.
    7. Gastrointestinal diseases.  To tide the patient over a critical period of the disease in:

         Ulcerative colitis (systemic therapy).

         Regional enteritis (systemic therapy).

    8. Respiratory diseases.

         Symptomatic Sarcoidosis.


         Fulminating or disseminated pulmonary tuberculosis when used concurrently with appropriate 
         anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy.

         Loeffler’s syndrome not manageable by other means.

         Aspiration pneumonitis.

    9. Hematologic disorders.

         Acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia.

         Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in adults

         (I.V. only; I.M. administration is contraindicated).

         Secondary thrombocytopenia in adults.

         Erythroblastopenia (RBC anemia).

         Congenital (erythroid) hypoplastic anemia.

    10. Neoplastic diseases.  For palliative management of:

         Leukemias and lymphomas in adults.

         Acute leukemia of childhood.

    11. Edematous states.  To induce diuresis or remission of proteinuria in the nephrotic syndrome,
            without uremia, of the idiopathic type or that due to lupus erythematosus.
    12.  Nervous system. 
            Acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis.

    13. Miscellaneous.

         Tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or impending block when used concurrently with appropriate anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy.

         Trichinosis with neurologic or myocardial involvement.

         Diagnostic testing of adrenocortical hyperfunction.

         Cerebral edema of diverse etiologies in conjunction with adequate neurological evaluation and management.

    B. Intra-articular or soft tissue administration.
      When the strength and dosage form of the drug lend
         the preparation to the treatment of the condition, those products labeled for intra-articular or soft
         tissue administration are indicated as adjunctive therapy for short-term administration
        (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in:
         Synovitis of osteoarthritis.
         Rheumatoid arthritis.
         Acute and subacute bursitis.
         Acute gouty arthritis.
         Acute nonspecific tenosynovitis.
         Post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

    C. Intralesional administration.
    When the strength and dosage form of the drug lend the preparation to
          the treatment of the condition, those products labeled for intralesional administration are
          indicated for:
         Localized hypertrophic, infiltrated, inflammatory lesions of: lichen planus,
         psoriatic plaques, granuloma annulare, and lichen simplex chronicus
         Discoid lupus erythematosus.
         Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum.
         Alopecia areata.
         They also may be useful in cystic tumors of an aponeurosis tendon (ganglia).


    Systemic fungal infection.


    Serious Neurologic Adverse Reactions with Epidural Administration

    Serious neurologic events, some resulting in death, have been reported with epidural injection of corticosteroids.  Specific events reported include, but are not limited to, spinal cord infarction, paraplegia, quadriplegia, cortical blindness, and stroke.  These serious neurologic events have been reported with and without use of fluoroscopy.  The safety and effectiveness of epidural administration of corticosteroids have not been established, and corticosteroids are not approved for this use.

    In patients on corticosteroid therapy subject to any unusual stress, increased dosage of rapidly acting corticosteroids before, during and after the stressful situation is indicated.  Corticosteroids may mask some signs of infection, and new infections may appear during their use.  There may be decreased resistance and inability to localize infection when corticosteroids are used. 

    Prolonged use of corticosteroids may produce posterior subcapsular cataracts, glaucoma with possible damage to the optic nerves, and may enhance the establishment of secondary ocular infections due to fungi or viruses.

    Children who are on immunosuppressant drugs are more susceptible to infections than healthy children.  Chickenpox and measles, for example, can have a more serious or even fatal course in children on immunosuppressant corticosteroids.  In such children, or in adults who have not had these diseases, particular care should be taken to avoid exposure.  If exposed, therapy with varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG) or pooled intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), as appropriate, may be indicated. If chickenpox develops, treatment with antiviral agents may be considered. 

    Similarly, corticosteroids should be used with great care in patients with known or suspected Strongyloides (threadworm) infestation. In such patients, corticosteroid-induced immunosuppression may lead to Strongyloides hyperinfection and dissemination with widespread larval migration, often accompanied by severe enterocolitis and potentially fatal gram-negative septicemia.

    Usage in Pregnancy

    Since adequate human reproduction studies have not been done with corticosteroids, use of these drugs in pregnancy, nursing mothers or women of childbearing potential requires that the possible benefits of the drug be weighed against the potential hazards to the mother and embryo or fetus.  Infants born of mothers who have received substantial doses of corticosteroids during pregnancy should be carefully observed for signs of hypoadrenalism.

    Average and large doses of cortisone or hydrocortisone can cause elevation of blood pressure, salt and water retention, and increased excretion of potassium.  These effects are less likely to occur with the synthetic derivatives except when used in large doses.  Patients with a stressed myocardium should be observed carefully and the drug administered slowly since premature ventricular contractions may occur with rapid administration.  Dietary salt restriction and potassium supplementation may be necessary.  All corticosteroids increase calcium excretion.

    While on corticosteroid therapy patients should not be vaccinated against smallpox. Other immunization procedures should not be undertaken in patients who are on corticosteroids, especially in high doses, because of possible hazards of neurological complications and lack of antibody response.

    The use of dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection in active tuberculosis should be restricted to those cases of fulminating or disseminated tuberculosis in which the corticosteroid is used for the management of the disease in conjunction with an appropriate anti-tuberculosis regimen.

    If corticosteroids are indicated in patients with latent tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity, close observation is necessary as reactivation of the disease may occur.  During prolonged corticosteroid therapy, these patients should receive chemoprophylaxis.

    Because rare instances of anaphylactoid reactions have occurred in patients receiving parenteral corticosteroid therapy, appropriate precautionary measures should be taken prior to administration, especially when the patient has a history of allergy to any drug.


    Drug-induced secondary adrenocortical insufficiency may be minimized by gradual reduction of dosage. This type of relative insufficiency may persist for months after discontinuation of therapy; therefore, in any situation of stress occurring during that period, hormone therapy should be reinstituted.  Since mineralocorticoid secretion may be impaired, salt and/or a mineralocorticoid should be administered concurrently.

    There is an enhanced effect of corticosteroids in patients with hypothyroidism and in those with cirrhosis.

    Corticosteroids should be used cautiously in patients with ocular herpes simplex for fear of corneal perforation.

    The lowest possible dose of corticosteroid should be used to control the condition under treatment, and when reduction in dosage is possible, the reduction must be gradual.

    Psychic derangements may appear when corticosteroids are used ranging from euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and severe depression to frank psychotic manifestations.  Also, existing emotional instability or psychotic tendencies
    may be aggravated by corticosteroids.

    Aspirin should be used cautiously in conjunction with corticosteroids in hypoprothrombinemia.

    Steroids should be used with caution in nonspecific ulcerative colitis, if there is a probability of impending perforation, abscess or other pyogenic infection, also in diverticulitis, fresh intestinal anastomoses, active or latent peptic ulcer, renal insufficiency, hypertension, osteoporosis, and myasthenia gravis. 

    Growth and development of infants and children patients on prolonged corticosteroid therapy should be carefully followed.

    Patients who are on immunosuppressant doses of corticosteroids should be warned to avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles and, if exposed, to obtain medical advice. 

    Intra-articular injection of a corticosteroid may produce systemic as well as local effects.

    Appropriate examination of any joint fluid present is necessary to exclude a septic process.

    A marked increase in pain accompanied by local swelling, further restriction of joint motion, fever, and malaise are suggestive of septic arthritis. If this complication occurs and the diagnosis of sepsis is confirmed, appropriate antimicrobial therapy should be instituted.

    Local injection of a steroid into a previously infected joint is to be avoided. Corticosteroids should not be injected into unstable joints.

    Although controlled clinical trials have shown corticosteroids to be effective in speeding the resolution of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis they do not show that they affect the ultimate outcome or natural history of the disease. The studies do show that relatively high doses of corticosteroids are necessary to demonstrate a significant effect (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Section).

    Since complications of treatment with glucocorticoids are dependent on the size of the dose and the duration of treatment a risk/benefit decision must be made in each individual case as to dose and duration of treatment and as to whether daily or intermittent therapy should be used.


    Fluid and electrolyte disturbances:

        Sodium retention

        Fluid retention

        Congestive heart failure in susceptible patients

        Potassium loss

        Hypokalemic alkalosis



        Muscle weakness

        Steroid myopathy

        Loss of muscle mass


        Vertebral compression fractures

        Aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads

        Pathologic fracture of long bones


        Peptic ulcer with possible subsequent perforation and hemorrhage


        Abdominal distention

        Ulcerative esophagitis


        Impaired wound healing

        Thin fragile skin

        Facial erythema

        Increased sweating

        May suppress reactions to skin tests

        Petechiae and ecchymoses


        Increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudotumor cerebri) usually after





        Posterior subcapsular cataracts

        Increased intraocular pressure



        Menstrual irregularities

        Development of cushingoid state

        Suppression of growth in children
        Secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness, particularly in times of

        stress, as in trauma, surgery, or illness

        Decreased carbohydrate tolerance

        Manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus

        Increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics


        Negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism

        Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation
        Subcutaneous and cutaneous atrophy
        Sterile abscess
        Postinjection flare, following intra-articular use
        Charcot-like arthropathy
        Itching, burning, tingling in the ano-genital region


    A. Intravenous or Intramuscular Injection. 
    The initial dosage of dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection may vary from 0.50 mg/day to 9.0 mg/day depending on the specific disease entity being treated.  In situations of less severity, lower doses will generally suffice while in selected patients higher initial doses may be required.  Usually the parenteral dosage ranges are one-third to one-half the oral dose given every 12 hours.  However, in certain overwhelming, acute, life-threatening situations, administration of dosages exceeding the usual dosages may be justified and may be in multiples of the oral dosages. 

    For the treatment of unresponsive shock high pharmacologic doses of this product are currently recommended.  Reported regimens range from 1 to 6 mg/kg of body weight as a single intravenous injection to 40 mg initially followed by repeat intravenous injection every 2 to 6 hours while shock persists.

    For the treatment of cerebral edema in adults an initial intravenous dose of 10 mg is recommended followed by 4 mg intramuscularly every six hours until maximum response has been noted.  This regimen may be continued for several days postoperatively in patients requiring brain surgery.  Oral dexamethasone, 1 to 3 mg t.i.d., should be given as soon as possible and dosage tapered off over a period of five to seven days.  Nonoperative cases may require continuous therapy to remain free of symptoms of increased intracranial pressure.  The smallest effective dose should be used in children, preferably orally.  This may approximate 0.2 mg/kg/24 hours in divided doses.

    In treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis daily doses of 200 mg of prednisolone for a week followed by 80 mg every other day or 4-8 mg dexamethasone every other day for 1 month have been shown to be effective. 

    The initial dosage should be maintained or adjusted until a satisfactory response is noted.  If after a reasonable period of time there is a lack of satisfactory clinical response, dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection should be discontinued and the patient transferred to other appropriate therapy.  It should be emphasized that dosage requirements are variable and must be individualized on the basis of the disease under treatment and the response of the patient.

    After a favorable response is noted, the proper maintenance dosage should be determined by decreasing the initial drug dosage in small decrements at appropriate time intervals until the lowest dosage which will maintain an adequate clinical response is reached.  It should be kept in mind that constant monitoring is needed in regard to drug dosage.  Included in the situations which may make dosage adjustments necessary are changes in clinical status secondary to remissions or exacerbations in the disease process, the patient’s individual drug responsiveness and the effect of patient exposure to stressful situations not directly related to the disease entity under treatment (e.g., surgery, infection, trauma).   In this later situation it may be necessary to increase dosage of dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection for a period of time consistent with the patient’s condition.  If after a long-term therapy the drug is to be stopped, it is recommended that it be withdrawn gradually rather than abruptly. 

    B. Intra-articular, soft tissue or intralesional administration.
    The dose for intrasynovial administration is usually 2 to 4 mg for large joints and 0.8 to 1 mg for small joints.  For soft tissue and bursal injections a dose of 2 to 4 mg is recommended.  Ganglia require a dose of 1 to 2 mg.  A dose of 0.4 to 1 mg is used for injection into tendon sheaths.  Injection into intervertebral joints should not be attempted at any time and hip joint injection cannot be recommended as an office procedure.

    Intrasynovial and soft tissue injections should be employed only when affected areas are limited to 1 or 2 sites.  It should be remembered that corticoids provide palliation only and that other conventional or curative methods of therapy should be employed when indicated.

    Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever the solution and container permit.

    Frequency of injection usually ranges from once every 3 to 5 days to once every 2 to 3 weeks.  Frequent intra-articular injection may cause damage to joint tissue.


    Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection, USP (Preservative Free)   equivalent to 10 mg dexamethasone phosphate, is supplied as:







    10 mg/mL

    1 mL single-dose prefilled syringe, packaged in carton of 24.


    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].  Sensitive to heat. Do not autoclave.

    Protect from freezing.

    Protect from light (keep in outer carton).
    Do NOT place syringe on a Sterile Field.

    Discard unused portion.



    CAUTION:  Certain glass syringes may malfunction, break or clog when connected to some Needleless Luer Access Devices (NLADs) and needles.  This syringe has a larger internal syringe tip and an external collar (luer collar).  The external collar must remain attached to the syringe.  Data show that the syringe achieves acceptable connections with the BD Eclipse™ Needle and the Terumo SurGuard2™ Safety Needle and with the following non-center post NLADs: Alaris SMARTSITE™, B-Braun ULTRASITE™, BD-Q SYTE™, Maximum MAX PLUS™, and B-Braun SAFSITE™.  The data also show acceptable connections are achieved to the center post ICU Medical CLAVE™.  However, spontaneous disconnection of this glass syringe from needles and NLADs with leakage of drug product may occur.  Assure that the needle or NLAD is securely attached before beginning the injection.  Visually inspect the glass syringe-needle or glass syringe –NLAD connection before and during drug administration.  Do not remove the clear plastic wrap around the external collar.  (See Figure 1).

    Figure 1
    figure 1

    1. Inspect the outer packaging (blister pack) by verifying:

    - blister integrity

    - drug name

    - drug strength

    - fill volume

    - route of administration

    - expiration date to be sure that the drug has not expired

    - sterile field applicability

    Do not use if package has been damaged.

    2. Peel open the lid of the outer packaging that displays the product information to access the syringe. Do not pop syringe through.

    3. Remove syringe from outer packaging.

    4. Perform visual inspection on the syringe by verifying:

    - absence of syringe damage

    - absence of external particles

    - absence of internal particles

    - proper drug color

    - expiration date to be sure that the drug has not expired

    - drug name

    - drug strength

    - fill volume

    - route of administration

    - integrity of the plastic wrap around the external collar

    5. Do not remove plastic wrap around the external collar. Push plunger rod slightly to break the stopper loose while tip cap is still on.

    6. Do not remove plastic wrap around the external collar. Remove tip cap by twisting it off.  (See Figure 3)

    Figure 2
    figure 3

    7. Discard the tip cap.

    8. Expel air bubble.

    9. Adjust dose into sterile material (if applicable).

    10. Connect the syringe to appropriate injection connection depending on route of administration. 
    - Before injection, ensure that the syringe is securely attached to the needle or needleless luer access device (NLAD).
    - If delivering via intravenous (IV) route using a NLAD, clamp the tubing above the Y-site prior to connecting the syringe (if applicable).

    11. Depress plunger rod to deliver medication.  Ensure that pressure is maintained on the plunger rod during the entire administration.

    12. Remove syringe from NLAD (if applicable) and discard into appropriate receptacle.  When needle is connected to syringe, to prevent needle-stick injuries, needles should not be recapped.


    - All steps must be done sequentially

    - Do not autoclave syringe

    - Do not use this product on a sterile field

    - Do not introduce any other fluid into the syringe at any time

    - This product is for single-dose only

    For more information concerning this drug, please call Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC at 1-800-551-7176.

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC at 1-800-551-7176 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

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    PACKAGE LABEL - PRINCIPAL DISPLAY - Dexamethasone 1 mL Syringe Label     

    1 mL Single-Dose. For IM or IV use. Rx only
    Sodium Phosphate Injection, USP

    10 mg/mL


    PACKAGE LABEL - PRINCIPAL DISPLAY - Dexamethasone 1 mL Syringe Blister

    Rx only            NDC 76045- 109-10

    Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection, USP

    10 mg/mL

    For Intramuscular or Intravenous use only.

    1 mL  Single-Dose Prefilled Syringe        

    Print Mat

    PACKAGE LABEL - PRINCIPAL DISPLAY - Dexamethasone 1 mL Syringe Carton Panel

    Rx only                 NDC 76045- 109-10

    Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection, USP

    10 mg/mL*

    For Intramuscular or Intravenous use only.
    Do NOT place syringe on a Sterile Field.
    24 x 1 mL
    Single-Dose Prefilled Syringes        
    Discard unused portion.


    dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection, emulsion
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:76045-109
    Route of AdministrationINTRAMUSCULAR, INTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    SODIUM CITRATE (UNII: 1Q73Q2JULR) 25.8 mg  in 1 mL
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:76045-109-1024 in 1 CARTON07/06/2018
    11 in 1 BLISTER PACK
    11 mL in 1 SYRINGE, GLASS; Type 2: Prefilled Drug Delivery Device/System (syringe, patch, etc.)
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    Labeler - Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC (608775388)
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