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Medetomidine

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Kyle Braund

Synonym(s): medetomidine chloride


Introduction

Name

  • Medetomidine.

Class of drug

  • Alpha-2 adrenergic agonist.

Uses

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Indications

  • To provide sedation and analgesia   Analgesia: alpha-2 agonist  .
  • Good visceral analgesia.
  • Has very potent anesthetic-sparing properties when used as a premedicant.
  • It counteracts muscle rigidity associated with 'dissociative anesthesia'.
  • It may be used in conjunction with acepromazine and opioids to improve the effect of chemical restraint in dangerous animals.

Administration

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Pharmacokinetics

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Precautions

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Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Grove DM, Ramsay EC (2000)Sedative and physiologic effects of orally administered alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists and ketamine in cats. JAVMA 216 (12), 1929-1932.
  • Cullen LK (1999) Xylazine and medetomidine in small animals: these drugs should be used carefully. Aust Vet J 77 (11), 722-723.

Other sources of information

  • Based on Tennant B (1999) Small Animal Formulary. 3rd edn. BSAVA, UK.
  • Plumb DC (1999) Veterinary Drug Handbook. 3rd edn. Iowa State University Press, USA. pp 394-396.
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