Duhaime's Law Dictionary Dexamethasone Definition: an anti-inflammatory steroid. "Dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid,1 is also known by the brand names Decadron®, Dexasone®, Diodex®, Hexadrol®, and Maxidex, all of which are ®.2 "Dexamethasone and other steroids, particularly prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone, have many uses in the treatment of cancer. They suppress certain actions of the immune system and also inhibit cytokines, which are chemicals in the body that control inflammation. Dexamethasone decreases inflammation or swelling by stopping white blood cells, which normally fight infection, from travelling to areas of t e body where there is swelling. Its anti-inflammatory actions can actually stop the swelling around tumors (especially on the spine, brain, and bone) and the resulting pain and other symptoms caused by tumors pressing on nerve endings.)2 REFERENCES | Citations NOTE 1: As described by AUDREY G. FLEISSIG, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division in Mary Sobery v. Michael Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, an unreported 2006 case but online at Google Scholar at this link. NOTE 2: International Myeloma Foundation brochure entitled Understanding Dexamethasone and Other Steroids, dated September, 2007. Categories & Topics: Duhaime & Naysmith Medical-Legal Dictionary Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!