Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that is used for its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant effects.
It has been found that in a critical trail in the United Kingdom that Dexamethasone is beneficial in treating COVID-19 in critical patients.
As shared with WHO about the patients on ventilators Dexamethasone reduced mortality near to one third and one fifth in who required oxygen.
Yes, dexamethasone has been on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML) since 1977 for several indications in multiple formulations.
Since 2013, dexamethasone (Injectable formulation) has been indicated for respiratory distress syndrome in newborns. Prednisolone is also on the EML and was included in 1984.
Dexamethasone is used to treat the following conditions:
- Blood/hormone/immune system disorders.
- Allergic reactions.
- Certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel disorders, and certain cancers. It is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder (Cushing’s syndrome).
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). It acts as a suppressant to your body’s natural defensive response and reduces symptoms like swelling and allergic-type reactions.
How to use Dexamethasone?
Dexamethasone is taken orally as directed by your doctor. Taken with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. Generally taken with a full glass of water unless your doctor prescribes the way. The doctor may reduce the dosage on the basis of response or due to side effects.
It is a must follow the doctor’s advice before taking this medicine as it may worsen the condition.