Levophed Side Effects
Generic Name: norepinephrine
Note: This document contains side effect information about norepinephrine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Levophed.
For the Consumer
Applies to norepinephrine: parenteral injection
Side effects include:
May cause headache, anxiety, arrhythmias, bradycardia, respiratory difficulty, ischemic injury, or extravasation at the infusion site.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to norepinephrine: injectable solution, intravenous solution
If plasma volumes are not corrected, hypotension may recur when this drug is discontinued, or blood pressure may be maintained at the risk of severe peripheral and visceral vasoconstriction (e.g., decreased renal perfusion) with diminution in blood flow and tissue perfusion with subsequent tissue hypoxia and lactic acidosis and possible ischemic injury. Overdoses or conventional doses in hypersensitive patients (e.g., hyperthyroid patients) can cause severe hypertension with violent headache, photophobia, stabbing retrosternal pain, pallor, intense sweating, and vomiting.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Extravasation necrosis[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Ischemic injury, bradycardia, arrhythmia, blood pressure increased, hypertension, pallor, stabbing retrosternal pain[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Headache
Frequency not reported: Sweating[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Vomiting[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Photophobia[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Plasma volume depletion[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Anxiety[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Respiratory difficulty, dyspnea
Frequency not reported: Gangrene[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Levophed (norepinephrine)." Hospira Inc, Lake Forest, IL.
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
Some side effects of Levophed may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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