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About this Medication
  • Brand Name: Decadron (U.S. and Canada)
  • Chemical Name: dexamethasone (dex-a-meth-oh-zone)
  • Usage in MS: Acute Exacerbations
  • Generic Available: Yes

Description

Dexamethasone is one of a group of corticosteroids (cortisone-like medicines) that are used to relieve inflammation in different parts of the body. Corticosteroids are used in MS for the management of acute exacerbations because they have the capacity to close the damaged blood-brain barrier and reduce inflammation in the central nervous system. Although dexamethasone is among the most commonly used corticosteroids in MS, it is only one of several possibilities. Other commonly used corticosteroids include, prednisone, betamethasone, and methylprednisolone.

Click here to read more about dexamethasone, which is also available under the brand names Dexamethasone Intensol® and Dexpak® Taperpak®.



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