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Generic name Dexamethasone
Pronunciation dek-sa-METH-a-sone
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Decadron®
Drug type  Corticosteroid
How the drug is given By mouth

Generic name Hydrocortisone
Pronunciation hy-droh-KOR-ti-sone
Brand name(s), other common name(s) n/a
Drug type  Corticosteroid
How the drug is given Intravenously (IV) or by intramuscular (IM)
or subcutaneous (SC) injection

Generic name Methylprednisolone
Pronunciation MEH-thil-pred-NIS-oh-lone
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Medrol®
Drug type  Corticosteroid
How the drug is given By mouth

Generic name Prednisone
Pronunciation PRED-ni-sone
Brand name(s), other common name(s) n/a
Drug type  Corticosteroid
How the drug is given By mouth

Dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone and prednisone are FDA approved corticosteroids that are used to treat many medical problems, including some kinds of cancer.

Side effects needing medical attention: Swelling of feet and ankles; muscle weakness; ulcers or stomach pain or burning; easy bruising; wounds that are slow to heal; dizziness; severe headaches; menstrual problems; blood-sugar problems; blurred or decreased vision or seeing halos around lights; sore throat and fever; depression; mood or mental changes; indigestion; sleeplessness; nervousness or restlessness; weight gain.

 

For information on how to manage the costs of drug therapy, please see Financial Matters and Prescription Drug Coverage, or to speak with an Information Specialist, call (800) 955-4572.

last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012