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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

Sedative agent

Muscle relaxant

Analgesic agent

α₂-Sympathomimetic agent

Chemical Names

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

(+)-(S)-4-[1-(2,3-dimetylphenyl)etyl]-1H-imidazole (WHO)

1H-Imidazole, 4-[1-(2,3-dimetylphenyl)etyl]-, (R)- (USAN)

1H-Imidazole, 4-[1-(2,3-dimetylphenyl)etyl]-, monohydrochloride, (S)- (USAN)

Foreign Names

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

Generic Names

Brand Names

  • Dexdor
    Orion, Lithuania; Orion, Latvia; Orion, Spain
  • Precedex
    Abbott, Ecuador; Abbott, South Africa; Hospira, Colombia; Meditera/Hospiraya, Turkey
  • Dexdomitor
    Orion, Austria
  • Dexdomitor (veterinary use)
    Janssen Animal Health, Germany; Lilly, Italy; Lilly Vet, France; Orion, Israel; Orion, Netherlands; Orion, Poland; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Belgium; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Finland; Orion Pharma Animal Health, United Kingdom; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Norway; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Sweden; Pfizer Animal Health, New Zealand; Provet, Switzerland; Zoetis Australia, Australia
  • Dexdor
    Orion, Austria; Orion, Belgium; Orion, Denmark; Orion, United Kingdom; Orion, Hungary; Orion, Ireland; Orion, Iceland; Orion, Norway; Orion, Portugal; Orion, Romania; Orion Pharma, Switzerland; Orion Pharma, Germany; Orion Pharma, Sweden
  • Precedex
    Abbott, Oman; Hospira, Australia; Hospira, Canada; Hospira, Hong Kong; Hospira, New Zealand; Hospira, Philippines; Hospira, Singapore; Hospira, Thailand; Hospira, Taiwan; Hospira Nippon, Japan; Maruishi Pharmaceutical, Japan; Transfarma Medica Indah/Hospira, Indonesia

International Drug Name Search


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

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