Dobutamine - Drug Information

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General Information on Dobutamine

Generic Name : Dobutamine

Pronunciation : doe-BYOO-ta-meen

Latest prescription information about Dobutamine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Vasopressors

Why is Dobutamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a sympathomimetic compound used in the treatment of heart failure and cardiogenic shock. It stimulates the heart muscle. 

When should Dobutamine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity; idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (Obstruction of the flow of blood out of the left ventricle due to enlargement of the ventricular septum), Tachydsrhythmias.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Dobutamine?

Adult: IV -Acute heart failure- 2.5-10 mcg/kg, titrate to desired response.
Cardiac stress test- As 1 mg/mL solution: 5 mcg/kg/min for 8 minutes.

How should Dobutamine be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection, to be injected by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Dobutamine?

Correct the decreased blood volume prior to treatment.
It may increase the risk of rapid ventricular response in patients with abnormal heart rate.
Caution needed for patients with history of liver disease, allergies, endocrine tumor, and irregular heartbeat/arrhythmia, hyperthyroidism, elderly, newborns, pregnancy.

What are the side effects of Dobutamine?

  Heart: Increased heart rate and blood pressure, chest pain, palpitation.
  Local: Inflammation of vein.
  Miscellaneous: Nausea, vomiting, headache, anxiety, fatigue and shortness of breath
  Potentially Fatal: Heart diseases.

What are the other precautions for Dobutamine?

Monitor ECG, blood pressure regularly while taking this medication.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Dobutamine?

Intravenous: Store at 15-30C.Normally handled by healthcare providers.

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