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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Dexmedetomidine (dexmedetomidine systemic) is a member of the drug class miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics and is used to treat Sedation.

US matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Muscle relaxant

Sedative agent

Analgesic agent

α₂-Sympathomimetic agent

Chemical Names

(+)-(R)-4-(alpha,2,3-Trimethylbenzyl)imidazol (IUPAC)

(+)-(S)-4-[1-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)ethyl]-1H-imidazole (WHO)

1H-Imidazole, 4-[1-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)ethyl]-, (R)- (USAN)

1H-Imidazole, 4-[1-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)ethyl]-, monohydrochloride, (S)- (USAN)

Foreign Names

  • Dexmedetomidinum (Latin)
  • Dexmedetomidin (German)
  • Dexmédétomidine (French)
  • Dexmedetomidina (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Dexmedetomidine (OS: BAN, USAN)
  • (+)-medetomidine (IS)
  • (S)-medetomidine (IS)
  • MPV 1440 (IS: FarmosGroupLt)
  • MPV 785 (IS: FarmosGroupLt)
  • Dexmedetomidine Hydrochloride (OS: USAN)

Brand Names

  • Dexem
    Themis Medicare, India
  • Precedex
    Abbott, South Africa; Bagó, Argentina; Meditera/Hospiraya, Turkey
  • Dexdomitor (veterinary use)
    Janssen Animal Health, Germany; Janssen Santé Animale, France; Orion, Austria; Orion, Finland; Orion, Israel; Orion, Poland; Orion, Sweden; Orion, United States; Orion Animal Health, United Kingdom; Orion Animal Health, Norway; Pfizer Animal Health, Belgium; Provet, Switzerland
  • Dexdor
    Orion, Germany; Orion, Finland; Orion, United Kingdom; Orion, Ireland; Orion, Norway; Orion Pharma, Sweden
  • Precedex
    Abbott, Bulgaria; Abbott, Oman; Abbott, Poland; Abbott, Venezuela; Hospira, Australia; Hospira, Canada; Hospira, Hong Kong; Hospira, Indonesia; Hospira, Malaysia; Hospira, New Zealand; Hospira, Philippines; Hospira, Singapore; Hospira, Thailand; Hospira, Taiwan; Hospira, United States; Hospira Inc., Vietnam; Hospira Nippon, Japan; Maruishi Pharmaceutical, Japan; Orion, Czech Republic; Transfarma Medica Indah, Indonesia

International Drug Name Search


BANBritish Approved Name
IUPACInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

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Important Notice: The international database is in BETA release. This means it is still under development and may contain inaccuracies. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of any medication in any country is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult with your healthcare professional before taking any medication.