Side Effects Dexamethasone Reduction

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Alternative Names

DST; ACTH suppression test; Cortisol suppression test


Normal Values

Cortisol levels should decrease after you receive dexamethasone.

Low dose:

  • Overnight: 8 a.m. plasma cortisol
  • Standard: Urinary free cortisol on day 3

High dose:

  • Overnight: > 50% reduction in plasma cortisol
  • Standard: > 90% reduction in urinary free cortisol

Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your...

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