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General Information on Dopamine

Generic Name : Dopamine

Pronunciation : DOE-pa-meen

Latest prescription information about Dopamine. 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 : Organic Chemical

Trade Names/Brand Names of Dopamine

Why is Dopamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an adrenergic and dopaminergic cardiac stimulant, prescribed for heart failure. 

When should Dopamine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with pheochromocytoma, uncorrected tachyarrhythmias or ventricular fibrillation and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Dopamine?

Important- This is a potent drug: It must be diluted before administration to the patient.
Adult: IV- The recommended initial dose is 1-5 mcg/kg/min, up to 5-10 mcg/kg/min according to patient's response.

How should Dopamine be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Dopamine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of thickening and hardening of arteries, Raynaud's disease, Buerger's disease, diabetic endarteritis, increase in diastolic pressure, who are taking other medications, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Monitor urine flow, cardiac output and blood pressure regularly while taking this medication.

Blood volume should be corrected before infusion of this medication.

What are the side effects of Dopamine?

   Heart : Abnormal heart rhythm, fast heart rate, chest pain, palpitations, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, narrowing of the blood vessels.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting.
   Metabolic : Elevated BUN (blood urea nitrogen).
   Central Nervous System : Headache, anxiety.
   Skin : Piloerection (erection of the hair of the skin).
   Others : Gangrene of the extremities.

What are the other precautions for Dopamine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Dopamine?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30C).


Schedule : H

Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.
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