Can it be used in place of Hydrocortisone?
12 Aug 2009
Dexamethasone and hydrocortisone both belong to the class of drugs called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are used to provide relief for inflammation in the body - they lessen swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. They are often used as part of the treatment for a number of different diseases, such as severe allergies or skin problems, asthma, or arthritis.
Dexamethasone and hydrocortisone are both similar. They are both for:
*antiemetic, in cancer chemotherapy
Dexamethasone is also used as a diagnostic aid for Cushing's syndrome and endogenous depression.
Dexamethasone is the more potent of the two (need less dexamethasone for the same effect).
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