This medication is a sedative, prescribed for intensive care unit sedation and procedural sedation.
Dosage is based on patients condition and response to the medication.
IV: The recommended loading dose is 1mcg/kg over 10 minutes. Maintenance: 0.6mcg to 1mcg/kg/hr.
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
A skilled person who has enough knowledge in handling intensive care unit patients should administer this medication.
Patient may develop with low heart rate, high blood pressure, sinus arrest, if it so either decrease the dosage or stop the medication.
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart diseases, decrease in blood volume, diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, elderly, during pregnancy and lactation.
Low blood pressure, slow heart rate and dry mouth.
Body as a Whole : Fever, decreased blood volume, light anesthesia, pain and rigors.
Heart: Blood pressure fluctuation, high/low blood pressure, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, fast/slow heart rate and dilation of blood vessels.
Central Nervous System : Dizziness, headache, nerve pain/inflammation, speech disorder, convulsion, anxiety, agitation, confusion, hallucination and illusion.
Gastrointestinal : Abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and constipation.
Liver: Increased level of liver enzymes and liver damage.
Metabolic: Excess level of acid in blood, increased potassium level in blood and decrease/increase in sugar level.
Blood: Anemia, easy bruising and bleeding.
Genitourinary: Blood urea nitrogen increased and decreased urination.
Respiratory : Asthma, shortness/poor breathing and lung obstruction.
Skin : Increased sweating.
Eye: Abnormal eye sensation and abnormal vision.
Take full course of treatment.
Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C), and in an airtight container.
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