Dexamethasone

(Dexsol®, Glensoludex®, Martapan®, Dexamethasone)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets
Available as soluble tablets?
Yes
Available as a liquid?
Yes - oral solution
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
-
Available as granules?
-
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
-
Available as an injection?
-
Available as nasal/oral spray?
-
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Use oral solution or soluble tablets.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Dexamethasone
Usual formulation brand names
Dexsol®, Glensoludex®, Martapan®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
No
Modified release
No
Film coated
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
No
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Yes - oral solution
Are specials or imports available?
Yes - oral solution (0.5mg/5mL)
Liquid strengths
2mg/5mL, 10mg/5mL, 20mg/5mL
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Yes. Safe for people with diabetes
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Some brands of oral solution licensed for administration via enteral feeding tubes. Please check Summary of Product Characteristics for other manufacturers.
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Stop the enteral feed before administration. Draw up the required dose of oral solution into an enteral syringe then administer via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Notes
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