Dexmedetomidine (Precedex) for ICU sedation

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Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics 2011 May 30, 53 (1365): 41-2
Opioids, benzodiazepines, propofol, antipsychotics and dexmedetomidine (Precedex) are frequently used in the intensive care unit (ICU) to manage pain, anxiety, agitation and delirium, and to facilitate procedures such as mechanical ventilation. The use of dexmedetomidine, a centrally-acting selective α(2)-receptor agonist approved by the FDA in 1999, has been increasing in recent years. Some new studies comparing it to other drugs for ICU sedation have been published.

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