Skin Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

Decadron Uses

As a type of steroid, Decadron helps to treat various conditions, such as asthma, skin conditions, hormonal disorders, and leukemia, among others. It is available only by prescription and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system. There are also several off-label, or unapproved, uses for Decadron, including the treatment of amyloidosis, pharyngitis, and bone pain.

What Is Decadron Used For?

Decadron® (dexamethasone) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids (or "steroids" for short). It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions.
 
Some of the conditions Decadron is approved to treat include:
 
  • Allergic conditions, such as asthma, dermatitis, and allergic reactions
 
  • Skin conditions, such as mycosis fungoides (a rare type of skin lymphoma, or tumor, of the blood), psoriasis, pemphigus (an autoimmune disease that causes blisters on the skin and mucous membranes), and severe allergic drug reactions
 
  • Hormonal (endocrine) disorders, such as adrenal insufficiency, high blood calcium (hypercalcemia) from cancer, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia (a genetic disease of the adrenal gland)
 
 
  • Leukemia and lymphoma (for relief of symptoms)
 
  • Nervous system conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, and brain swelling (cerebral edema) associated with a brain tumor or head injury
 
  • Eye conditions, such as uveitis, temporal arteritis, keratitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the eye
 
  • Treatment of high urine protein (proteinuria) or to increase urine production in people with kidney problems or systemic lupus erythematosus
 
 
 
This drug is often used short-term to treat the conditions listed above, until symptoms improve or other treatments can control symptoms. Some people, however, need long-term Decadron treatment.
 
Top Foods to Fight Inflammation

Decadron Medication Information

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.