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Glucocorticoids are adrenocortical steroids, both naturally occurring and synthetic, which are readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Dexamethasone, a synthetic adrenocortical steroid, is a white to practically white, odorless, crystalline powder. It is stable in air. It is practically insoluble in water. The molecular weight is 392.47.

Dexamethasone has the chemical name 9-fluoro-11b, 17, 21-trihydroxyl-16 methyl-pregn-1,4-diene-3a, 20-dione; empirical formula C22H29FO5

DEXONE (Dexamethasone) tablets are supplied in four potencies, 0.5 mg, 0.75 mg, 1.5 mg and 4 mg.

Inactive Ingredients: Cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, povidone and sodium starch glycolate. In addition, the 0.5 mg tablet contains D&C Yellow No. 10 Lake, the 0.75 mg tablet contains FD&C Blue No. 1 Lake and D&C Yellow No. 10 Lake and the 1.5 mg tablet contains FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake.

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