Q: Beside an effective anti-hypertensive, Clonidine is also an effective analgesic (select one)
Clonidine and Dexmedetomidine are Alpha-2 receptor agonists which have effective analagesic effect and can be used in surgical ICUs to reduce use of narcotics and their withdrawal. Actually they have synergistic analgesic effect when used with narcotics. There is a weak evidence that using oral clonidine 150 to 200 mcg preoperatively provides perioperative hemodynamic stability and reduces the requirement of postoperative narcotic analgesics.
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