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What should I know about dexmedetomidine before receiving it?

Dexmedetomidine can result in a range of adverse reactions, such as sinus arrest, an abnormally slow heartbeat (bradycardia) and low blood pressure (hypotension). These reactions are more likely to occur in the elderly, as well as people with hypovolemia, diabetes and chronic hypertension. Dexmedetomidine might also result in withdrawal symptoms if continually administered for more than 24 hours. Symptoms of withdrawal include: agitation, nervousness and headaches, along with or followed by a rapid rise in blood pressure. In addition, dose reduction should be considered for people with damaged livers.

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