Dangers asscoiated with Dexamethasone
What is Dexamethasone used for?
Dexamethasone was made to treat organ system inflammation. It is also sometimes given to premature infants because it was thought that the drug could prevent chronic lung diseas. Also being used to treat certain forms of arthritis; skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and intestinal disorders (e.g., colitis); severe allergies; and asthma.
Why was Dexamethasone Recalled (or why should it be) ?
The dexamethasone side effects found to occur are very serious conditions. This drug is sometimes prescribed to infants, but It was found that instead of helping premature infants, dexamethasone wears through the babies intestinal tract lining. In recent studies, the use of the steroid dexamethasone in preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome is associated with a significantly increased incidence of cerebral palsy and developmental delay.
When dexamethasone is used for chronic treatment, many dexamethasone side effects can occur because of the adrenal suppression it leads to.
Since adrenal glands produce the body’s necessary hormones and some steroids, dexamethasone can interfere with this process, inhibiting children’s growth. Dexamethasone suppresses the body’s inflammatory response and often allows infection to occur as a result.
What Makes Dexamethasone a dangerous Drug ( side effects and risks):
- cold or infection that lasts a long time
- muscle weakness
Common Misspelling or other names: Decsamethasone, Deksamethasone