Dexamethasone (Decadron)

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What is the Generic Name for Decadron?

Dexamethasone

What is the Trade Name for Dexamethasone?

Decadron

What are the Indications of Dexamethasone (Decadron)?

  • Manage cerebral edema
  • Assess for Cushing’s Disease

What are the Actions of Dexamethasone (Decadron)?

Suppress inflammation and normal immune response. Used in inflammatory states to decrease inflammation.

What is the Therapeutic Class of Dexamethasone (Decadron)?

Antiasthmatics, corticosteroids

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Dexamethasone (Decadron)?

Corticosteroids

What are the Nursing Considerations of Dexamethasone (Decadron)?

  • Excreted by the liver – monitor liver profile
  • Avoid in active untreated infections
  • May cause CNS alterations
  • May cause peptic ulcers
  • May cause Cushingoid appearance (buffalo hump, moon face)
  • Weight gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Decrease wound healing
  • May elevate blood sugars
  • May increase cholesterol and lipid values

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