Precedex Side Effects

Generic Name: dexmedetomidine

Note: This document contains side effect information about dexmedetomidine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Precedex.

Some side effects of Precedex may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to dexmedetomidine: parenteral injection concentrate

Side effects include:

Hypotension, hypertension, nausea, bradycardia, fever, vomiting, hypoxia, tachycardia, anemia.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dexmedetomidine: intravenous solution

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects include hypotension (up to 54%), hypertension (up to 16%), bradycardia (up to 14%), atrial fibrillation (7%) and tachycardia (up to 5%).

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects include nausea (up to 11%), dry mouth (3%), and vomiting.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects have included respiratory depression (37%) hypoxia (up to 6%), pleural effusion (3%), bradypnea (2%), and pulmonary edema (2%). Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and respiratory failure have been associated with infusions greater than 24 hours in duration.

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects include anemia (3%), leukocytosis (2%) and anemia.

General

General side effects include pain (3%), thirst (2%), and fever.

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects include oliguria (2%).

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects including a case of severe rash have been reported.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included agitation associated with infusions greater than 24 hours in duration.

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