A synthetic drug of the corticosteroid type, used especially as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- The recommended steroid drugs are called dexamethasone and betamethasone.
- Steroids, such as dexamethasone, are often given to reduce the swelling caused by brain tumours.
- To maximize its anti-inflammatory effect, dexamethasone should be given before, or no more than shortly after, the first antibiotic dose.
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