Side effects of dex

I think dex has produced a new side effect for me. I’ll see my local oncologist today, so I can ask him about this. Because I get some nasty indigestion from dex (even though I take a prescription drug to try to help this), I am careful about what I eat on dex days. This morning I got painful indigestion from drinking a cup of tea! I then had some fruit to take with my morning pills, and the acid from the fruit burned my tongue and throat, making me cough and generally want to stop eating. I checked in the mirror with my flashlight and can see that my tongue and throat are red. I’ll see what the doctor has to say about this. Others have told me they get sore throats on dex and it goes away after a day or so. I’m hoping this is the case.

Dex has changed the way my brain works too. I suppose thalidomide could contribute to this as well. My attention span is non-existant. I used to read a lot. I mean a book every week or 2. I liked having conversations with people. I rarely talk on the phone anymore and find it difficult to answer email with anything more than a sentence or two. So if you’re getting long email messages from me, you’re lucky! People tell me this affliction is called chemo brain.

I’m easily annoyed now, too. Maybe I was before. Was I? If you think so, feel free to speak up.


  1. Beth

    I think the dex is what’s making my IgA go down so much. I don’t like the side effects at all, but I’ll keep taking it until I’m in the normal range again. What happens after that?

  2. Otto Horton

    I also have MM – IgA with a plasmacytoma diagnosed April 1, 2003. I started Dex/Thal July 8 with Thal constantly and Dex on a two week on/two week off cycle.
    I have found that Dex provides 95% of all my side effects which go away during the two week off period.
    Nexium works great for the indegestion and constant burping problem. I take ambien for sleep help but have taken temazepam
    but it left me in neverland for half the morning. I have had the tounge and throat problem, can’t taste food, tingling in the hands & feet, on the
    verge of constant — what — not rage but perhaps a step or two down from that, focus is very hard, and infections are very hard to get rid of. I
    hate the dex, so it had better do its job.

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