Dexamethasone has numerous possible indications such as asthma, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and pain associated with inflammation.
Dexamethasone is more potent than prednisone. Approximately 0.75 mg of dexamethasone is equivalent to 5 mg of prednisone.
When using dexamethasone, recall that it can raise blood sugars. Monitor this closely in patients with diabetes.
A dexamethasone suppression test helps detect excessive endogenous production of cortisol.
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