Drug Information

Generic Name:

Dexamethasone

Pronunciation:

dex-a-METH-a-sone

Product Name:

Decadron

Category:

Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

How is it given?:

by mouth (PO), intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), topically

Uses:

Adrenal insufficiency states, inflammatory conditions (dermatitis, carditis, arthritis, nephritis), obstructive airways disease (asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), brain edema, malignancies

Comment:

Dexamethasone is used as a substitute for naturally occurring steroid hormones when the body makes them in insufficient amounts (adrenal insufficiency states). Dexamethasone is also used to treat a wide variety of conditions associated with inflammation.

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