Dexamethasone is a synthetic gluco-corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory, anti-shock, anti-allergic, gluconeogenesis and immunosuppressive action.Dexamethasone has a long history of use in veterinary medicine for the treatment of a range of metabolic diseases and inflammatory disorders in companion and farm animals. It is used systemically in high doses in emergency situations for anaphylactic reactions, spinal cord trauma, or shock. It is used in the management and treatment of immune mediated disease such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia, or thrombocytopenia, acetonaemia. The short time treatment for allergic reaction, shock, etc, and diagnostic purposes usually does not cause serious side effects. 

Goats are a minor ruminant species. There are less than 1.9 million ( 1,900,000)   goats in the USA  (2013,  USDA) and the number is decreasing, so very few medications are made for them.    Drug development, testing, and approval costs seldom justify focusing on such small numbers.    Almost all of the  medications we used to treat goats, prescription or over the counter, are “off label” or “extra label” usage.    Lack of government approval does not mean that such products are dangerous or ineffective with goats.   You as a goat raiser must learn which to use and how to use them.


DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL is a synthetic analogue of prednisolone, having similar but more potent anti-inflammatory therapeutic action and diversified hormonal and metabolic effects. Modification of the basic corticoid structure as achieved in DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL offers enhanced anti-inflammatory effect compared to older corticosteroids. The dosage of DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL required is markedly lower than that of prednisone and prednisolone.

DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL is intended for intravenous or intramuscular administration. Each mL contains 2 mg dexamethasone, 500 mg polyethylene glycol 400, 9 mg benzyl alcohol, 1.8 mg methylparaben and 0.2 mg propylparaben as preservatives, 4.75% alcohol, HCl to adjust pH to approximately 4.9, water for injection q.s.


Dexamethasone Inj. is indicated for allergic reactions, myoglobinuria, toxinaemia, shock, stress and urticaria. Local treatment of arthritis, bursitis, distortions, peri-arthritis, tendinitis and tendovaginitis. Always combine with antibiotics in case of a bacterial infection.

Contra- indication:

Do not administer to animals with Diabetes Mellitus, osteoporosis, an impaired heart or kidney function. Do not inject during the last (third) part of gestation (abortion). Retardation of wound healing, muscle atrophy and myopathy, skin-atrophy, changes in blood cell formation and degradation, adrenal dysfunctions, risks for super-infections, not for treatment of viral and fungal infections.

Side effect:

Polydipsia, poly-uraemia, poly-phagia, immunosuppression, muscle atrophy, delayed wound healing, influences fat metabolism.

Administration And Dosage

Therapy with DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL, as with any other potent corticosteroid, should be individualized according to the severity of the condition being treated, anticipated duration of steroid therapy, and the animal’s threshold or tolerance for steroid excess.

Treatment may be changed over to DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL from any other glucocorticoid with proper reduction or adjustment of dosage.

Bovine – DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL – 5 to 20 mg intravenously or intramuscularly.

Dexamethasone Powder may be administered or the parenteral dose repeated as needed.

Equine – DEXAMETHASONE INJECTION 2 mg/mL – 2.5 to 5 mg intravenously or intramuscularly.

Dexamethasone Powder may be administered or the parenteral dose repeated as needed.

Withdrawal period:

Meat : 8 days
Milk : 3 days

Prices of Dexamethasone For Goats

$12.35 -$47.40

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