A patient is prescribed dexamethasone to reduce cerebral edema after a motor vehicle accident. Which of the following assessment findings should the nurse expect if this treatment is effective?


• Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation in the brain. When effectiveness is achieved, the patient's neurological status should improve
• Dexamethasone has no impact on respiration rate, urine output, or blood pressure

• Common side effects of corticosteroids include irritability, acne, dyspepsia (epigastric pain), anxiety, and insomnia. Hyperglycemia is common as well, so blood glucose monitoring may be ordered when corticosteroids are being administered

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