Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Onetime Injectable Dexamethasone Administered Orally in the Pediatric Emergency Department for Asthma Exacerbation

McCallister, A.; So, T-Yin.; Stewart, J.

Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics Jppt the Official Journal of Ppag 22(5): 326-331


ISSN/ISBN: 1551-6776
PMID: 29042832
Accession: 059708419

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This study assessed the efficacy of injectable dexamethasone administered orally in pediatric patients who presented to the emergency department with asthma exacerbation. This was a retrospective study of patients 0 to 18 years of age who presented to and who were directly discharged from the emergency department at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital between September 1, 2012, and September 30, 2015, for the diagnosis of asthma or asthma exacerbation. Patients had to receive a onetime dose of injectable dexamethasone orally prior to discharge. Patients were followed for a 30-day period to identify the number of asthma relapses. Ninety-nine patients were included in this study. The average weight-based dose ± SD of dexamethasone was 0.35 ± 0.18 mg/kg (range, 0.08-0.62 mg/kg) and the actual dose ± SD was 10.58 ± 1.92 mg (range, 5-16 mg). Over a 30-day period, 6 patients (6%) had one repeated emergency department visit, 6 patients (6%) were admitted to the hospital, and 3 patients (3%) presented to an outpatient clinic for asthma-related symptoms. Injectable dexamethasone administered orally may be an efficacious treatment for asthma exacerbation in pediatric patients. A randomized control trial comparing injectable dexamethasone administered orally to other dexamethasone formulations/routes of administration should be performed to adequately assess the bioequivalence and effectiveness of the former formulation.