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2022 Apr 06

Ann Palliat Med

Dexmedetomidine: a magic bullet on its way into palliative care-a narrative review and practice recommendations.


Dexmedetomidine is a potent adrenergic alpha-2 receptor agonist. It was first approved for sedation for mechanically ventilated patients. Being a sedative medication that is not associated with respiratory depression and holding analgesic properties fosters the interest for this drug in the palliative care field. The primary objectives of this review were to identify the key indications for the real-world use of dexmedetomidine in palliative care and other disciplines.