Information about Dexamethasone

Dexamethasone Uses

Dexamethasone is used for Inflammatory conditions and Autoimmune conditions.

How Dexamethasone works

Dexamethasone is a steroid which works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers in the body that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and allergies.

Common side effects of Dexamethasone

Electrolyte imbalance, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Gastrointestinal disorder, Skin disorder, Neurological disorder, Menstrual disorder, Abnormal hair growth, Glaucoma
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Available Medicine for Dexamethasone

DexonaZydus Cadila
3 to ₹105 variant(s)
DexasoneCadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
2 to ₹72 variant(s)
DecamycinSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
5 to ₹302 variant(s)
DexonilRedson Laboratories Pvt Ltd
631 variant(s)
DemisoneCadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
2 to ₹153 variant(s)
DexajectSterkem Pharma Pvt Ltd
51 variant(s)
Low-DexSyntho Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
141 variant(s)
DexalabLaborate Pharmaceuticals India Ltd
15 to ₹382 variant(s)
Dex ZDivine Lifecare Pvt Ltd
801 variant(s)
RavicortRavian Pharmaceuticals Ltd
91 variant(s)

Expert advice for Dexamethasone

  • Do not use it more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
  • Dexamethasone can make it harder for you to fight off infections. Notify your doctor if you have any signs of infection such as a fever or sore throat.

Frequently asked questions for Dexamethasone

Dexamethasone

Q. Is Dexamethasone a steroid?

Yes, Dexamethasone is a steroid medicine also known as glucocorticoids which occur naturally in the body and help to maintain health and wellbeing. Dexamethasone helps in treating various illnesses involving inflammation (redness, tenderness, heat and swelling) in the body.

Q. What is Dexamethasone used for?

Dexamethasone has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant properties. It is used to treat conditions like allergic conditions, anaphylaxis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory skin diseases. It also aids in treating autoimmune diseases (these diseases happen when your body’s immune system attacks the body itself and causes damage) and certain eye disorders. Additionally, it is used to treat cancer and nephrotic syndrome when used with other medicines.

Q. How is Dexamethasone administered?

Dexamethasone should be administered by a doctor or under the supervision of a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. Usually, it is given into a muscle (intramuscular), joint (intra-articular), directly into a vein (direct intravenous), infusion or into the area being treated (soft tissue infiltration). The dose will be decided by your doctor based on the condition you are being treated for as well as your body weight. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the maximum benefit from Dexamethasone.

Q. How does Dexamethasone work?

Dexamethasone works by reducing the inflammation which helps in treating many illnesses caused due to active inflammation. Also, it stops the reactions known as autoimmune reactions which occur when your body's immune system attacks the body itself and causes damage.

Q. Is Dexamethasone better than Prednisone?

Clinical studies have shown that Dexamethasone is a long-acting glucocorticoid, and it is nearly 6 times more potent than Prednisone. It stays in our body for a longer duration and is better tolerated when used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions. However, consult your doctor for the right treatment of your condition.

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