Dobutamine

Pronunciation

Generic Name: dobutamine (doe-BYOO-ta-meen)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Dobutamine is used for:

Treating heart failure caused by surgery or heart disease. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Dobutamine is an inotropic agent. It works by increasing the strength and force of the heartbeat, causing more blood to circulate through the body.

Do NOT use dobutamine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dobutamine
  • you have a history of heart valve problems, an adrenal gland tumor, an increased irregular heartbeat (tachyarrhythmia), or an enlarged left ventricle of the heart due to narrowing of the aortic blood vessel (idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using dobutamine:

Some medical conditions may interact with dobutamine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an irregular heartbeat, low blood volume levels, diabetes, or high blood pressure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dobutamine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cimetidine or methyldopa because side effects of dobutamine may be increased
  • Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, entacapone) or droxidopa because actions and side effects may be increased by dobutamine

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dobutamine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use dobutamine:

Use dobutamine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dobutamine is administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If dobutamine contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of dobutamine, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dobutamine.

Important safety information:

  • Dobutamine may turn pink after exposure to light. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Some of these products contain sulfites, which can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals (eg, asthma patients). If you have previously had allergic reactions to sulfites, contact your pharmacist to determine if the product you are taking contains sulfites.
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using dobutamine.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood potassium levels, blood pressure, and heart rate, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dobutamine during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using dobutamine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of dobutamine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness; fast or irregular heartbeat; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include anxiety; chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath; tremor; vomiting.

Proper storage of dobutamine:

Dobutamine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using dobutamine at home, store dobutamine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep dobutamine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dobutamine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dobutamine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take dobutamine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about dobutamine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dobutamine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dobutamine.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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