Medetomidine Hydrochloride Medetomidine
|Product Name||Medetomidine hydrochloride|
|Appearance||White or off-white powder|
|Type||Antibiotic and Antimicrobial Agents, Auxiliaries and Other Medicina|
|Grade Standard||Medicine Grade|
|Model Number||Medetomidine hydrochloride|
It is often used in combinations with opioids (butorphan ol, etc.) as premedication (before a general anesthetic) in healthy cats and dogs. It can be given by intramuscular injection (IM), subcutaneous injection (SC) or intravenous injection (IV). When delivered intravenously, a significantly decreased dose is used. Some authors suggest a sublingual route is also effective. It is not recommended for diabetics, it is contraindicated in patients with cardiac disease. Due to its potent sedative effects it is commonly used in more aggressive animals, where a drug combination with a lesser effect (such as acepromazine plus an opioid, or an opioid plus a benzodiazepine) would not allow the administration of the inductive agent without risk to the veterinarian. As such the use of alpha-two agonists is only recommended in healthy animals.