Dobutamine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on August 11, 2022
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Information about Dobutamine

Generic Name : Dobutamine
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Dobutamine are provided here.
Pronunciation : doe-BYOO-ta-meen
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Dobutamine, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
Therapeutic Classification : Vasopressors

Trade Names/Brand Names of Dobutamine

India : 


International : 


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 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.

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 for Dobutamine?

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

Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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