What is Precedex used for?
Precedex is an intravenous (IV)
sedative used only in intensive care unit patients who need manually or mechanically
operated medical equipment to keep air flowing into and out of their lungs. Precedex
should not be given constantly for more than 24 hours.
How should Precedex be given?
- Precedex should only be given by health care providers who are skilled in
managing patients in an intensive care setting. Because of the action of Precedex,
patients on Precedex should be continuously monitored. Significant decreases in blood
pressure and slow heartbeat can occur.
- Precedex is given intravenously (IV) over 24 hours or less using a device that
controls the amount of drug that is given.
What should be avoided while taking Precedex?
Precedex should be used with caution in patients who:
- are pregnant or are breast-feeding
- have a history of heart-related health problems (e.g., advanced heart block)
- have a history of liver disease
For more detailed information about Precedex, ask your health care provider.