This patient-friendly article is about chemotherapy drug, Dexamethasone which is a steroid tablet generally given in doses of 0.5mgs upwards. It is an anti-inflammatory and an immuno-suppressant. It is extremely powerful 20-30 times more potent than hydrocortisone and 4-5 times more than prednisone. It is sometimes used to help the side-effects of chemotherapy, and with brain tumours, as it counteracts oedema (accumulation of fluid) which could eventually compress other brain structures.

Side effects can include: stomach irritation, increased appetite, swelling around the face, vomiting, insomnia, headache, dizziness, depression, acne and easy bruising.

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