Dopamine

Description

Dopamine is an inotropic agent which helps in increasing the blood flow into the body organs. This medicine is not recommended for patients with heart rhythm disorders. Monitoring of blood pressure and urine output is necessary for patients receiving this medicine.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Dopamine

  • Palpitations
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Gangrene

Uses of Dopamine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Nonobstructive Oliguria
  • Shock
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 5 minutes after intravenous infusion.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for less than 10 minutes.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    It is not known whether this medicine is excreted in breast milk. It not recommended in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Dopamine.

Pheochromocytoma

Not recommended in patients with condition Dopamine.

Tachyarrhythmias or ventricular fibrillation.

Not recommended for patients with heart rhythm disorders like ventricular fibrillation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

It is not known whether this medicine is excreted in breast milk. It not recommended in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Hypovolemia

This medicine is not recommended in patients with hypovolemia. The blood and electrolyte levels should be corrected before starting this medicine.

Blood pressure

This medicine should be used with caution due to increase in the risk of excessive elevation in the blood pressure. This medicine should be administered under the doctor supervision.

Missed Dose

This medicine should be administered under the doctor supervision. Inform the doctor if you miss a dose. Do not take an extra dose to make up the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Linezolid

Metformin

Beta blockers

Disease interactions

Ischemic Heart Disease

This medicine is not recommended in patients with ischemic heart disease. Inform the doctor about your medical condition before taking this medicine.

Arrhythmias

This medicine is not recommended in patients with rhythm disorders like arrhythmias. Inform the doctor about your medical condition before taking this medicine.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Dopamine is administered under the supervision of the doctor. This medicine should be administered through continuous infusion. Close monitoring of blood pressure and urine output is necessary. Do not take this medicine if there is any leakage or particles in the vial.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by increasing the blood flow by increasing the heart rate and cardiac contractility.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Inotropic agents

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/33228

DailyMed - Dopamine hydrochloride injection, solution, concentrate [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 31 May 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=1f306ad2-3606-4525-5a8a-ce78f426c1a2

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 31 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

[Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 31 May 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~kc07Tl:1

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Information on this page was last updated on 8 Jan 2018

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