What is the role of dexmedetomidine (Precedex) in emergency department (ED) sedation?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Arul M Lingappan, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Dexmedetomidine (Precedex) is a highly selective alpha2-adrenergic agonist that provides sedation, anxiolysis, hypnosis, analgesia, and sympatholysis. It also has opioid-sparing properties. It is indicated for ICU sedation in patients who are mechanically ventilated. It is also indicated for sedation of nonintubated patients prior to and/or during surgical and other procedures. [24]


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