Dexamethasone: IV solution given PO

10 Sep
CAN YOU GIVE THE IV DEXAMETHASONE SOLUTION PO?
Yep.
This Medscape article gives a nice brief overview. 
Some advantages:
  • smaller volume than the PO liquid formulation (more of an issue with kids)
  • seems to taste ok with wild-cherry–flavored syrup
REMINDERS FROM AN OLD POST:
–dexamethasone has longer half-life (days) than prednisone (hours)
dex 0.6mg/kg daily (x 2 days) vs. prednisone 1mg/kg daily (x 5 days)
adult size: dex 16mg/day vs. pred 60mg/day

 

 

References: medscape article; nejm article; previous post on dex; picture

 

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