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What is the difference between Dexamethasone and Dextrose. One if Rx and I saw dextrose at tsc. But what are they used for? I'm always seeing people say "give dex" for different things
 

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What is the difference between Dexamethasone and Dextrose

Dexamethasone is an anadrenal corticosteroid...used for inflammation and pain

Dextros is sugar...used for pregancy toxemia

Dex usually refers to dexamethason...
 

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Dextrose is also very useful for 'dummy' kids - kids born under very cold circumstances that, for one reason or another, don't get up right away and nurse and subsequently lose their instinct to nurse. Mix it with very warm water at the ratio of 50% dextrose and 50% water in a 60 cc syringe and tube using a weak kid syringe. It is 'brain food' in that it is easily absorbed, and will perk them up and get them sucking.
 
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