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Govt allows Dexamethasone injection or tablet in India for Covid patients

The govt allows the use of steroid drug dexamethasone injection or tablet to treat Covid-19 patients in India. Dexamethasone brand name and its dosage. Dexamethasone is an inexpensive and widely used steroid, was included in the treatment protocol for Covid-19 patients.

The updated protocol includes the advice to use dexamethasone as an alternative choice to methylprednisolone. The change has been made after considering the latest available evidence and expert consultation, the ministry said.

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Why Dexamethasone injection or tablet?

According to WHO, the corticosteroid dexamethasone was tested in hospitalised patients with Covid-19 in the United Kingdom’s national clinical trial ‘RECOVERY’ and was found to have benefits for critically ill patients.
Dexamethasone already used in treating lung infections. It is a corticosteroid drug used in a wide range of conditions for its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant effects.

Dexamethasone brand name

Decadron is the name for dexamethasone. Dexasone and diodex or hexadrol are synonyms for dexamethasone. Health care professionals may use the name decadron or other names dexasone or diodex or hexadrol when referring to the generic drug name dexamethasone.

Dexamethasone dosage

Take this medication by mouth as prescribed by the doctor. Take with food or milk to prevent stomach ulcer or infection. Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. Best advice would be to consult a doctor before taking it.

India’s Covid situation so far

Union Health Minister on Saturday said India’s recovery rate was nearly 60 per cent, while the fatality rate was near 3 per cent. The doubling rate is now 19 days. “Our mortality/fatality rate is near 3 per cent which is very less. Our doubling rate has come down to near 19 days, which was three days before the lockdown,” he said. Of the total 5,08,953 Covid-19 cases, 2,95,881 people have recovered, so far.
According to preliminary findings shared with WHO, for patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one-third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one-fifth. Dexamethasone in india is available at Rs 50 per strip.

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