Published in Mental Health Weekly Digest, December 24th, 2007
US and UK researchers compared the effects of the new drug dexmedetomidine with the commonly used sedative lorazepam, both of which reduce the pain and anxiety experienced by mechanically ventilated ICU patients and which help them to tolerate invasive procedures such as the insertion of catheters and feeding tubes.
While the routinely-administered lorazepam successfully lessens discomfort, it has also been associated with an increased risk of...
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