dobutamine (injection; Dobutrex has been discontinued)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: dobutamine injection

DISCONTINUED BRAND NAME: Dobutrex

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

  • Dobutamine is prescribed to help increase cardiac output in a failing heart due to heart disease or cardiac surgery.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most frequent adverse reactions include

  • increased heart rate,
  • increased blood pressure,
  • irregular ventricular beats, and
  • chest pain.

Other important side effects include

Serious side effects of dobutamine include

  • abnormal heart beats,
  • increased heart rate,
  • low blood pressure,
  • chest pain,
  • fainting , and
  • eosinophilic myocarditis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/21/2016

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