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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Decadron(Dexamethasone)

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 04/2/2000]
Question: Hi, Would like some information on Dexnethsone. I know it is related to Prednisone but dexnethsone has less side effects. Could you please tell me more information on this medication. Thanking you Trisha Walker

Answer: Dexamethasone is a synthetic steroid and is fluorinated which increases it's potency. As a consequence, you can use smaller milligram dosing to achieve the same effect as prednisone. However, the steroid side effects are exactly the same. There will be no difference in the end results of using either of these drugs, but the milligrams of dexamethasone will be lower.

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