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DEXMEDETOMIDINE (deks MED e toe mi deen) is a sedative. This medicine is used to produce relaxation and sleep before or during surgery and other procedures. It is also used in patients on a ventilator.
This medicine is injected into a vein. It is given by a health care provider in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This drug 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 medicine may interact with the following medications:
This does not apply. This medicine is not for regular use.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
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