Flashcards in DEXAMETHASONE (Decadron) Deck (1):
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.