You’ve probably heard of athletes or bodybuilders who take steroids or of someone being prescribed steroids to treat an ailment. But there’s more than one type of steroid, and depending on what you’re taking, you are likely to experience different side effects. Anabolic steroids are the kind that bodybuilders take while corticosteroids are steroids given to treat health problems. The latter act as anti-inflammatory medication to heal and cure the body of a range of illnesses. And we are exploring these here. “Steroid” in what follows means corticosteroid.
This schedule is designed to ensure adequate therapy during acute episodes, while minimizing the risk of overdosage in chronic cases.
In cerebral edema, Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate injection, USP is generally administered initially in a dosage of 10 mg intravenously followed by 4 mg every six hours intramuscularly until the symptoms of cerebral edema subside. Response is usually noted within 12 to 24 hours and dosage may be reduced after two to four days and gradually discontinued over a period of five to seven days. For palliative management of patients with recurrent or inoperable brain tumors, maintenance therapy with either Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate injection, USP or dexamethasone tablets in a dosage of 2 mg two or three times daily may be effective.