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What is dexamethasone pills used for?

What is dexamethasone pills used for?

It’s used in hospitals as a treatment for severe cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and other serious infections. It can also help reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, or some of your symptoms if you’re having end of life care. Dexamethasone is a type of medicine called a steroid (corticosteroid).

What are the side effects of dexamethasone pills?

Stomach upset, heartburn, headache, trouble sleeping, or increased appetite may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

How long does it take for dexamethasone pill to work?

When should the medicine start working? The medicine will start to work within an hour but it may take up to 4 hours for your child’s breathing to return to normal.

When do you take dexamethasone COVID?

The Panel recommends using dexamethasone for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who require mechanical ventilation or ECMO (AI). The Panel recommends using dexamethasone plus tocilizumab for patients with COVID-19 who are within 24 hours of admission to the ICU (BIIa).

When do you take dexamethasone in COVID-19?

The Panel recommends using dexamethasone for children with COVID-19 who require high-flow oxygen, noninvasive ventilation, mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (BIII).

What are the possible side effects of dexamethasone?


  • vomiting
  • stomach upset
  • swelling (edema)
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • mood changes,such as depression,shifts in mood,or personality changes
  • trouble falling asleep
  • anxiety
  • low potassium levels (causing symptoms such as tiredness)
  • Is dexamethasone stronger than prednisolone?

    Regarding antiÔÇÉinflammatory potential, dexamethasone is five to six times as potent as prednisolone. Dexamethasone is traditionally classified as being a long acting corticosteroid with a biological half life between 36 and 72 hours, and prednisolone as intermediate acting with a half life of 12 to 36 hours.

    How quickly does dexamethasone take effect?

    – sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection – seizures – vision problems – swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs – difficulty breathing or swallowing – shortness of breath – sudden weight gain – rash – hives – itching

    How should dexamethasone be taken?

    Cerebral Edema

  • Meningitis
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immunosuppression
  • Nausea/Vomiting – Chemotherapy Induced
  • Asthma – Acute
  • Croup
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Idiopathic (Immune) Thrombocytopenic Purpura