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Dexamethasone

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Corticosteroid

Dexamethasone - What is it for

Dexamethasone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids can help to treat conditions involving inflammation (signs include warmth, redness, swelling and pain).

Dexamethasone can be used to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relieve allergies
  • Treat different diseases of the immune system
  • Diagnose Cushing’s Syndrome (a disorder where the body produces too much cortisol (steroid) hormone)

This medication can also be used for other conditions. Check with your doctor if you are unsure why you are taking this medication.

Dexamethasone - Additional Information

​Click here for more information on Dexamethasone used as pre-chemotherapy medicine.

Click here for more information on Dexamethasone used as anti-emetics for post-chemotherapy.

  • Updated on Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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