Chemical Component Summary

FormulaC22 H29 F O5
Molecular Weight392.46
Isomeric SMILESC[C@@H]1C[C@H]2[C@@H]3CCC4=CC(=O)C=C[C@]4(C)[C@@]3(F)[C@@H](O)C[C@]2(C)[C@@]1(O)C(=O)CO

Chemical Details

Formal Charge0
Atom Count57
Chiral Atom Count8
Bond Count60
Aromatic Bond Count0

Drug Info: DrugBank

DrugBank IDDB01234 
  • approved
  • investigational
  • vet_approved
DescriptionDexamethasone, or MK-125, is a corticosteroid fluorinated at position 9 used to treat endocrine, rheumatic, collagen, dermatologic, allergic, ophthalmic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, hematologic, neoplastic, edematous, and other conditions.[L10701] Developed in 1957, it is structurally similar to other corticosteroids like [hydrocortisone] and [prednisolone].[A188724] Dexamethasone was granted FDA approval on 30 October 1958.[L10695] In a press release for the Randomized Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) trial on 16 June 2020, dexamethasone was recommended for use in COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory symptoms. Dexamethasone reduced deaths by approximately one third in patients requiring ventilation and by one fifth in those requiring oxygen.[L14318]
  • 16α-Methyl-9α-fluoro-1-dehydrocortisol
  • Dexamethasone sodium phosphate
  • 1-Dehydro-16α-methyl-9α-fluorohydrocortisone
  • 16alpha-Methyl-9alpha-fluoro-1-dehydrocortisol
  • 9α-Fluoro-16α-methylprednisolone
Brand Names
  • ZonaCort 7-Day
  • Encor Dec Model 033-448 Imp 0.5mg/imp
  • PMS-dexamethasone Elixir
  • Dex-Moxi PF
  • DexMoxiKetor PF
IndicationDexamethasone and [ciprofloxacin] otic suspension is indicated for bacterial infections with inflammation in acute otitis media and acute otitis externa.[L10698] Intramuscular and intravenous injections are indicated for a number of endocrine, rheumatic, collagen, dermatologic, allergic, ophthalmic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, hematologic, neoplastic, edematous, and other conditions.[L10701] Oral tablets are indicated for the treatment of multiple myeloma.[L10710] An intravitreal implant is indicated for some forms of macular edema and non-infectious posterior uveitis affecting the posterior of the eye.[L10719] Various ophthalmic formulations are indicated for inflammatory conditions of the eye.[L10704,L10707,L10713,L10716,L10722,L10725]
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Adrenals
  • Agents Causing Muscle Toxicity
  • Agents for Treatment of Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissures for Topical Use
  • Alimentary Tract and Metabolism
  • R01AD53
  • D07XB05
  • R01AD03
  • D10AA03
  • S01CB01
CAS number50-02-2

Drug Targets

NameTarget SequencePharmacological ActionActions
Nuclear receptor subfamily 0 group B member 1MAGENHQWQGSILYNMLMSAKQTRAAPEAPETRLVDQCWGCSCGDEPGVG...unknownstimulator
Nitric oxide synthase, inducibleMACPWKFLFKTKFHQYAMNGEKDINNNVEKAPCATSSPVTQDDLQYHNLS...unknownnegative modulator
Nuclear receptor subfamily 1 group I member 2MEVRPKESWNHADFVHCEDTESVPGKPSVNADEEVGGPQICRVCGDKATG...unknownagonist
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Drug Info/Drug Targets: DrugBank 3.0: a comprehensive resource for 'omics' research on drugs. Knox C, Law V, Jewison T, Liu P, Ly S, Frolkis A, Pon A, Banco K, Mak C, Neveu V, Djoumbou Y, Eisner R, Guo AC, Wishart DS. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan; 39 (Database issue):D1035-41. | PMID:21059682

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