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DOPAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE 40MG/ML CONCENTRATE FOR SOLUTION FOR INFUSION
Active substance(s): DOPAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Concentrate for Solution for Infusion
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If any of the side effects becomes serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
The name of your medicine is Dopamine Hydrochloride 40mg/ml
Concentrate for Solution for Infusion. It will be referred to as “Dopamine
Concentrate” for ease of use hereafter.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dopamine Concentrate is and what it is used for
2. Before you are given Dopamine Concentrate
3. How Dopamine Concentrate is given
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dopamine Concentrate
6. Further information
1. WHAT DOPAMINE CONCENTRATE IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Dopamine Hydrochloride 40mg/ml Concentrate For Solution For
Infusion contains 200mg of Dopamine Hydrochloride which helps to
increase the strength of muscle contraction in the heart.
It is used to correct poor circulation to the tissues
• when there is a low output of blood from the heart and shock
associated with damage to the heart muscle due to obstruction of its
• also after an injury, blood infection, heart failure and open heart
2. BEFORE YOU ARE GIVEN
Dopamine Concentrate should not be used if:
• you know that you are allergic to Dopamine or to any other
ingredients (see section 6 of this leaflet).
• you have been told by your doctor that you have a tumour of the
adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma).
• you have abnormal heartbeats and uncoordinated contraction of the
• you have an overactive thyroid gland
Take special care and tell your doctor if:
• you have any heart related problems
• you have recently used monoamine oxidase inhibitors (known as
MAOIs which are used for the treatment of depression; see section
“Taking other medicines” for further information)
• you are sensitive to sulphite
• you have a weaker pulse in your wrists than normal on examination
• you have a blood disorder in which the volume of circulating blood is
• you know that you are suffering or have suffered from problems
related to circulation of blood in your hands and feet (peripheral
• you have any kidney or liver diseases
• you are pregnant or breast feeding
• you have diabetes
Speak to your doctor before you are given this injection if this applies
Your doctor will monitor you for any side-effects affecting the heart or
kidneys while you are receiving dopamine.
Dopamine infusion should be withdrawn gradually, to avoid low blood
Taking other medicines:
Tell your doctor before you are given this medicine if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.
Some medicines can interact with Dopamine Concentrate, which can
significantly alter their effects. If you are already taking one of the
following medicines, speak to your doctor before you receive this
• Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (used for the treatment of depression)
or if you have taken them in the last 14 days, e.g. phenelzine,
moclobemide, rasagiline, selegiline, entacapone.
• Water tablets (diuretics), e.g. furosemide, amiloride or triamterene.
•Medicines which are often used for treating blood pressure and heart
disorders (alpha and beta blockers e.g. propranolol, tolazoline).
• Medicines used to treat epilepsy (phenytoin).
• Medicines used to treat migraine (e.g. ergotamine derived from ergot
• Medicines used to treat depression such as Tricyclic antidepressants
• Medicines used to reduce high blood pressure like guanethidine.
• Medicine used to help your breathing (doxapram).
• Medicines used to treat psychological problems like schizophrenia
(e.g. haloperidol, clozapine).
Tell your doctor before you are given Dopamine Concentrate if you
have recently received any anaesthetic agent such as halothane,
isoflurane or cyclopropane.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor before you are given this medicine if you are or think
you may be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, or are
breast-feeding. As with all drugs, this medicine should only be given in
pregnancy and when breast feeding if absolutely necessary. Your
doctor will be able to advise you.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Dopamine
This medicinal product contains the preservative sodium
metabisulphite, which may cause severe hypersensitivity (allergic)
reactions and breathing difficulties (bronchospasm) in individuals who
are sensitive (allergic) to sulphites.
This medicinal product contains 2.42mg sodium per ml. Discuss this
with your doctor if you are on a controlled sodium diet (salt).
3. HOW DOPAMINE CONCENTRATE IS GIVEN
This injection will be administered under the supervision of a doctor.
The solution is diluted before administration and will then be given by
infusion (as a drip through a needle or tube) into a vein.
Your doctor will decide on the most suitable dose for you.
This product is not recommended for use in children.
If you think you have been given more Dopamine Concentrate than
you should have
As the injection will be administered under the supervision of a doctor,
it is unlikely that you will be given more than is necessary. However, if
you have any concerns about the dose of your medicine discuss them
with your doctor.
If you develop symptoms like narrowing of the blood vessels,tissue
death around blood vessels,restriction in blood supply due to tissue
damage due to over use of this product your doctor will stop giving you
this medicine and give you other medications for treatment.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines Dopamine Concentrate can sometimes cause sideeffects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions although serious allergic
reactions are rare. Any sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing,
swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, rash or itching (especially affecting
your whole body), should be reported to a doctor immediately.
Other side effects may include:
• pain in your fingers or toes (at higher doses, especially in people who
have had problems with their circulation, gangrene can occur)
• dilation of the pupil of the eye which may cause difficulty with bright
• shortness of breath
• nausea and vomiting
• goose pimples or hair 'standing at ends'
• a rapid or slow heart beat, chest pain, irregular heart beat and
awareness of a rapid or irregular pulse
• difficulty in breathing
• low blood pressure (which may cause symptoms such as faintness or
• narrowing of blood vessels (which may cause the skin to become
cold and to turn pale or to have a bluish colour)
• an excess of urea or other waste products in the blood (which may
make you feel generally unwell and is identified by blood tests)
• abnormalities in the ECG (a tracing of electrical currents in the heart)
• high blood pressure
If dopamine hydrochloride escapes from the vein into the surrounding
tissues during administration, it may cause damage of the surrounding
tissues; tell your doctor if you notice any pain or swelling at the injection
site so that the appropriate treatment may be given.
Your doctor will be looking to see if you develop any of these side
effects. However, if you become aware of any of these side effects,
or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor at once.
5. HOW TO STORE DOPAMINE CONCENTRATE
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the ampoule
and carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep the container in the outer carton in order to protect from light.
If only part used, discard the remaining solution.
If the solution appears darker than slightly yellow or discoloured in any
other way, it should be returned unused to the pharmacist.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
The active substance is dopamine hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are sodium metabisulphite (E223) in water for
What Dopamine Concentrate looks like and contents of pack
Dopamine Concentrate is a clear, colourless or pale yellow sterile
solution presented in 5ml clear glass ampoules (small glass bottles).
Each 5ml ampoule contains 200mg Dopamine Hydrochloride.
There are ten 5ml ampoules packed in to one cardboard box.
Marketing authorisation holder
Mercury Pharma International Ltd, 4045, Kingswood Road, City West
Business Park, Co Dublin, Ireland.
Delpharm Tours, La Baraudière, 37170, Chambray Lès Tours, France.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2012.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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