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Dexmedetomidine is used as a supplementary agent for the purpose of analgesia and sedation in pediatric patients undergoing intensive medical care. It can also be used to prevent delirium and postanesthesia shivers.

On using this drug you may experience side effects such as hyperglycemia, hypoglycaemia, agitation, hallucination, etc. If the reactions persist make sure to contact your health care provider without delay. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to it.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any food, medicine or substance. Consult your doctor, if you have high or low blood pressure or you suffer from liver/heart rhythm disorders.

The dosage for this medication should be determined by the doctor based on your age, medical history and current condition.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Anesthesiologist before using this medicine.

This drug is used to treat the following:

  • Preoperative Sedation

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Hypotension

The side effects of this drug include:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Pregnant women must consult doctor before using this medication.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    In case of breastfeeding, you must consult the doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no interaction between renal impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is recommended to skip your missed dose, if it is the time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Consult your doctor in case of overdose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Dexmedetomidine as ingredient

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Dexmedetomidine is a sedative that also reduces anxiety and pain. The drug binds to the presynaptic alpha-2 adrenoreceptors and hence, stops transmitting pain signals by inhibiting noradrenaline. It also activates the postsynaptic alpha-2 adrenoreceptors thereby, decreasing heart rate and blood pressure by inhibiting sympathetic activity.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine


    This drug interacts with isoflurane, propofol, alfentanil, midazolam, etc.
  • Interaction with Disease


    Do not use this medication if you suffer from cerebrovascular conditions and hypotension.

Ques: What is Dexmedetomidine?

Ans: It is used as a supplementary agent for the purpose of analgesia and sedation in pediatric patients undergoing intensive medical care.

Ques: How long do I need to use Dexmedetomidine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: In most of the cases, the average time taken by this medication to reach its peak effect is around 1 day to 1 week. Please consult your doctor for the time period you need to use this medication.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Dexmedetomidine?

Ans: This medication is generally used once or twice a day. It is advised to consult your doctor before the usage, as the frequency also depends on the patient's condition.

Ques: Should I use Dexmedetomidine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is advised to be consumed orally. The salts involved in this medication react properly if it is taken after having food. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset the stomach. Please consult the doctor before using it.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Dexmedetomidine?

Ans: It should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.
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