Dexamethasone - Definition

March 2017


Definition


Dexamethasone is a synthetic hormone generally used for its anti-inflammatory action. At a high dose, dexamethasone leads to a reduced immune response and acts as a powerful corticosteroid. It is used in ophthalmology to reduce inflammations and edemas, but also for numerous pathologies such as asthma, glomerulonephritis, lymphoma, Crohn's disease, neuropathies, allergic rhinitis, multiple sclerosis, etc. It is also used to limit the side effects of chemotherapy treatments administered to people suffering from cancer.

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