Dexamethasone for Nausea

Dexamethasone is a prescription drug used for many different conditions, ranging from endocrine disorders to skin diseases to inflammatory bowel disorders. It resembles a naturally occurring hormone in the body, which makes it useful in cases where immune system suppression is required.
However, there are some off-label (unapproved) uses for dexamethasone. Nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy or surgery, for example, can be treated with this medication. Using a drug off-label does not mean it should not be used for this purpose -- it just means that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the medication for that purpose.
(Click What Is Dexamethasone Used For? to learn more about the approved and unapproved uses for this product. This article also discusses this medication's use in children and older adults.)
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