Dexamethasone (generic for Decadron) is a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation (not the same as an anabolic steroid, like testosterone). It is a versatile and common medication used in a wide variety of diseases. One common use of dexamethasone is to treat the inflammation in the airway that happens with croup or with an asthma attack. Dexamethasone can also be used to treat severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis if used with epinephrine. This medication should be taken with food.
Avoid if you have an active infection, because dexamethasone suppresses the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infection.
Dexamethasone can cause worsening of infections, electrolyte disturbances, blood glucose abnormalities, muscle weakness, bone problems, bleeding ulcers, impaired wound healing, thin and fragile skin, neurologic problems, hormone imbalance, cataracts, glaucoma, and severe allergic reaction in susceptible people. Although these reactions can occur anytime, they usually occur when the drug is taken for longer periods of time.
|Croup or Asthma||dexamethasone 0.6 mg per kg once, maximum 10 mg|
|Severe allergic reaction||dexamethasone 0.6 mg per kg once, maximum 10 mg|
Adult doses are shown, unless otherwise specified. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines for pediatric patients.
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