What Is Decadron Used For?
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A healthcare provider may prescribe Decadron® (dexamethasone) to help reduce inflammation caused by a variety of conditions. Specifically, Decadron is used for treating conditions such as:
- Allergic conditions, such as asthma, dermatitis, and allergic reactions
- Certain inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Respiratory disorders, including certain types of tuberculosis, pneumonia, and sarcoidosis
- Rheumatic diseases, such as gout, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Decadron for "off-label," or unapproved, uses. For example, Decadron may be used off-label to treat conditions such as amyloidosis, bone pain, and pharyngitis.
(Click Decadron Uses for a more in-depth look at what Decadron is used for, including other off-label reasons for using this steroid. This article also discusses whether this medication is suitable for children and older adults.)