Dexamethasone: “There’s Lot more Life in that Old Dog Yet”

Dexamethasone is one of the commonly used steroids in Clinical practice. It is used to treat allergies; it is used as an anti-inflammatory drug for all sorts of inflammation affecting various part of body.

In cancer patients, Dexamethasone is certainly used widely. It is used as an anti-sickness drug, appetite stimulant, to reduce swelling around brain tumours, and as an anticancer drug in Prostate cancer.

Dexamethasone has now found to be useful in treatment of Corona Virus infection.

In one of the largest Covid-19 trial, the RECOVERY trial- this low cost drug has been found to improve survival of patients particularly those who need Ventilation.

A word of caution though, it did not benefit patients with mild infection due to Coronavirus.

References:

Low-cost dexamethasone reduces death by up to one third in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19

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