Dexamethasone

Usual solid dosage form
Tablets
Available as a liquid
Yes - oral solution
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes - oral solution
Liquid strengths
2mg/5mL, 10mg/5mL, 20mg/5mL
Liquid sugar free or not
Yes. Safe for people with diabetes
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
Yes
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
No
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
Yes - oral solution (0.5mg/5mL)
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.
Available as other formulations?
Injection (3.3 mg/mL, 3.8 mg/mL), soluble tablet
Note
-
Film coated
No
Modified release
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Dexamethasone
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Use oral solution or soluble tablets.