Information about Dexamethasone

Dexamethasone Uses

Dexamethasone is used for allergic conditions, severe allergic reactions, asthma, cancer, rheumatic disorder, skin disorders, eye disorders and nephrotic syndrome.

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

Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness), Mood changes
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Available Medicine for Dexamethasone

DexonaZydus Cadila
3 to ₹104 variant(s)
DexasoneCadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
1 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
121 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

  • Dexamethasone helps treat inflammation, severe allergies, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems that require either reduction of inflammation or suppression of the immune system.
  • Do not use it more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
  • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
  • 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.
  • Side effects such as mood changes or stomach problems can happen when you start taking Dexamethasone. Inform your doctor if this bothers you.
  • Do not stop taking Dexamethasone suddenly without talking to your doctor first as it may worsen your symptoms.

Frequently asked questions for 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 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.

Q. Is Dexamethasone a painkiller?

No, Dexamethasone is not a painkiller. It belongs to the class of medicines known as steroids.

Q. Can I take Dexamethasone with Tamsulosin?

Yes, Dexamethasone can be taken with Tamsulosin. No harmful effects or any other interactions have been reported when they are used together. However, it would be best to consult a doctor before using any medication.


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