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DEXAMETHASONE (Decadron)

Name/Class: DEXAMETHASONE (Decadron)/Steroid
Description: Dexamethasone is a long-acting synthetic adrenocorticoid with intense anti-inflammatory activity.

It prevents the accumulation of inflammation generating cells at the sites of

infection or injury.

Indications: Anaphylaxis, asthma, COPD, spinal cord edema.

Contraindications: No absolute contraindications in the emergency setting.

Relative contraindications: systemic fungal infections, acute infections, tuberculosis, varicella, or vaccinia or

live virus vaccinations.

Precautions: Herpes simplex, keratitis, myasthenia gravis, hepatic or renal impairment, diabetes, CHF,

seizures, psychic disorders, hypothyroidism, and GI ulceration.

Dosage/Route: 4 to 24 mg IV/IM

Pedi: 0.5 to 1 mg/kg.


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