The Etomidate brand name in common use is Amidate. Amidate is a carboxylated imidazole compound. The imidazole nucleus renders etomidate, like midazolam, water soluble at an acidic pH and lipid soluble at physiologic pH.
It is a non-barbiturate hypnotic without analgesic properties that has less cardiovascular and respiratory depressant actions than sodium thiopental.
This lipophilic compound is weak base (pKa 4.5) and a potent short-acting hypnotic agent, which can be used for anesthetic induction or maintenance.
Amidate is the etomidate Brand Name that is marketed in the United States.