The need-to-know information for Dexamethasone


Pearls and Fun Nuggets

1. One dose goes a long way ⏰ The effects of dexamethasone are frequently seen within a day and last for about three days.[1]

2. Dexamethasone is commonly given as a treatment for croup in children 👶 A single dose can reduce the swelling of the airway to improve breathing and reduce discomfort.[12]

3. Dexamethasone is given in legal Bangladesh brothels 😳For prostitutes not yet of legal age, dexamethasone will cause weight gain and ultimately make them appear older and healthier to customers and police.[45]

4. It can also treat nausea 😨 Intravenous dexamethasone is effective for prevention of nausea and vomiting in people who had surgery and whose post-operative pain was treated with long-acting spinal or epidural spinal opioids.[29]

5. Dexamethasone may be given to women at risk of delivering prematurely🙍 It helps promote maturation of the fetus’ lungs. This has been associated with low birth weight, although not with increased rates of neonatal death.[22]

Patient Perspectives

“Although I have to go to the doctor and get an injection for this medication to work optimally it does work wonderful when I am having an acute allergy attack. I end up getting the shot about once a year in the early spring. This medication should be a last resort after other things have been exhausted and is only safe as an injection about every six months. When my eyes, ears, nose, and throat all become involved and inflamed I know it is time to get a Decadron shot.”


“Used periodically when other meds aren’t giving relief. Makes breathing problems clear, relieves allergic sinus congestion and skin allergy issues dissipate.”


“This drug was given to me for an anaphylaxis reaction I had from an antibiotic. I was admitted so It was given IV then by mouth to wean. I am a nurse and was blown away! I was put in drug induced psychosis on this med. I was on it about 3 weeks from 6mg down to 1mg. I was 302 initiated at the nearest ER. I passed out from sleep deprivation and thus drug changed my life for good. It’s not worth It! It mimicked bipolar symptoms. I NEVER had this before! BEWARE!”

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