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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.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Sedative agent

Analgesic agent

Muscle relaxant

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, Belgium; Orion, Cyprus; Orion, Lithuania; Orion, Latvia; Orion, Slovenia; Orion, Slovakia; Orion Pharma, Italy; Orion, Spain
  • Precedex
    Abbott, Ecuador; Abbott, South Africa; Meditera/Hospiraya, Turkey
  • SILEO (veterinary use)
    Orion Pharma Animal Health, United States
  • Dexdomitor
    Orion, Austria
  • Dexdomitor (veterinary use)
    Lilly Vet, France; Lilly-Elanco, Italy; Orion, Israel; Orion, Netherlands; Orion, Poland; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Belgium; Orion Pharma Animal Health, United Kingdom; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Norway; Orion Pharma Animal Health, Sweden; Orion Pharma Animal Health, United States; Orion Pharma Eläinlääkkeet, Finland; Provet, Switzerland; Zoetis, New Zealand; Zoetis, South Africa; Zoetis Australia, Australia
  • Dexdor
    Baxter, France; Orion, Austria; Orion, Denmark; Orion, Hungary; Orion, Ireland; Orion, Iceland; Orion, Norway; Orion, Romania; Orion Pharma, Switzerland; Orion Pharma, Germany; Orion Pharma, Finland; Orion Pharma, Sweden; Orion, Poland
  • Dexmedetomidine HCL Putney (veterinary use)
    Putney, United States
  • Krunamina
    Pisa, Mexico
  • Precedex
    Abbott, Oman; Hospira, Australia; Hospira, Hong Kong; Hospira, Malaysia; Hospira, New Zealand; Hospira, Philippines; Hospira, Thailand; Hospira, Taiwan; Hospira, United States; Hospira Singapore, Singapore; Transfarma Medica Indah/Hospira, Indonesia
  • Precedex Hospira
    Hospira Japan, Japan
  • Precedex Maruishi
    Maruishi Pharmaceutical, Japan


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

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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