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.

Is dobutamine-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Available evidence suggests that dobutamine may be safely used in pregnancy.
  • Dobutamine should be used cautiously by nursing mothers as it is unknown whether it is excreted in breast milk.

What else should I know about dobutamine-injection?

What preparations of dobutamine-injection are available?

Intravenous solution: 250, 500, 1000 mg in 250 mL, 250 mg in 20 mL, 500 mg in 40 mL

How should I keep dobutamine-injection stored?

  • Vials should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
  • Once diluted, dobutamine may be stored in the refrigerator (4 C) for 7 days or up to 48 hours at room temperature.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/21/2016

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