Commonly Asked Questions about Dexmedetomidine
       
    1. What is dexmedetomidine indicated for?

    2. In what types of patients should dexmedetomidine be used?

    3. In what types of patients should dexmedetomidine not be used?

    4. What is the mechanism of action of dexmedetomidine?

    5. What is the importance of alpha2-adrenoceptor selectivity?

    6. What is the pharmacological profile of dexmedetomidine?

    7. How effective is dexmedetomidine as a sedative agent?

    8. What measures were used to determine sedation in clinical studies with dexmedetomidine?

    9. How can someone be clinically sedated yet rousable?

    10. What analgesic effects did dexmedetomidine demonstrate?

    11. How is it that some patients in the clinical studies require no sedation and/or no add-on analgesia in a postsurgical intensive care unit?

    12. What else was observed about patients treated with dexmedetomidine during the clinical trials?

    13. What is the respiratory profile of dexmedetomidine?

    14. When should I wean patients from dexmedetomidine while planning to extubate?

    15. What effects on hemodynamics should I expect to see when using dexmedetomidine?

    16. What is the safety profile associated with dexmedetomidine use?

    17. Are there any special considerations when using dexmedetomidine?

    18. How and when should dexmedetomidine be used?

    19. How is dexmedetomidine supplied?

    20. Are there any special considerations for administering dexmedetomidine?

    21. Can you bolus dexmedetomidine?

    22. How do I manage the unresponsive patient receiving an infusion of dexmedetomidine?

    23. How do I manage the infusion of dexmedetomidine after extubation?

    24. Why does the patient not routinely need morphine in addition to dexmedetomidine?

    25. What is the mechanism of decreased blood pressure associated with dexmedetomidine?

    26. How long can I infuse dexmedetomidine?

    27. Is dosing affected by renal or hepatic impairment?

    28. How do I dilute dexmedetomidine?

    29. What are the novel sedation qualities about dexmedetomidine?

    30. What is dexmedetomidine (Precedex)?