- Sedation without respiratory depression
- Ideal for use in the Intensive Care Unit.
- Can be used for managing extubations.
- No absolute contraindications
- Compared to Versed (Midazolam), Precedex is associated with less delirium, tachycardia, and hypotension, but had more bradycardia
- Agonist of alpha 2 adrenergic receptors in the brain
- FDA reports that infusions greater than 24 hours in duration include ARDS, respiratory failure, and agitation