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Medicines used to treat pressure on the brain caused by
These medicines reduce swelling (inflammation)
in the brain tissues, which may lower the risk of developing short-term
complications such as seizures and long-term complications such as hearing
dexamethasone along with a course of antibiotics is recommended for
people with some types of meningitis.1 It can lower the chance of disability and
Some side effects that can occur from these medicines
include nausea and stomach discomfort, drowsiness or trouble sleeping, mood
swings, and ringing in the ears.
Tunkel AR, et al. (2010). Acute meningitis. In GL Mandell et al., eds., Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 7th ed., pp. 1189–1229. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
December 8, 2010
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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