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DEXMEDETOMIDINE (deks MED e toe mi deen) is used to cause drowsiness before and during a procedure. It works by helping your nervous system calm down.
This medication is injected into a vein. It is given by your care team in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While it may be given to children as young as 1 month for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
People over 65 years of age may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This medication is given in a hospital or clinic. It will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
This does not apply. This medication is not for regular use.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medication.
This medication may affect your coordination, reaction time, or judgment. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Sit up or stand slowly to reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Drinking alcohol with this medication can increase the risk of these side effects.
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