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Dobutamine Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Dobutamine is a catecholamine used when parenteral therapy is necessary for inotropic support in the short-term treatment of adults with cardiac decompensation due to depressed contractility resulting either from organic heart disease or from cardiac surgical procedures. Side effects of Dobutamine include increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, ventricular ectopic activity, nervousness, headache, nausea, or vomiting. Contact your doctor if you have serious side effects of Dobutamine including low blood pressure, chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat, or trouble breathing.
Dobutamine is administered in the form of injection. Because dobutamine facilitates atrioventricular conduction, patients with atrial fibrillation are at risk of developing rapid ventricular response. In patients who have atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response, a digitalis preparation should be used prior to institution of therapy with dobutamine. Patients with preexisting hypertension appear to face an increased risk of developing an exaggerated pressor response. Dobutamine should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Our Dobutamine Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Dobutamine FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Increased Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Ventricular Ectopic Activity - A 10- to 20-mm increase in systolic blood pressure and an increase in heart rate of 5 to 15 beats/minute have been noted in most patients (see WARNINGS regarding exaggerated chronotropic and pressor effects). Approximately 5% of patients have had increased premature ventricular beats during infusions. These effects are dose related.
Hypotension - Precipitous decreases in blood pressure have occasionally been described in association with dobutamine therapy. Decreasing the dose or discontinuing the infusion typically results in rapid return of blood pressure to baseline values. In rare cases, however, intervention may be required and reversibility may not be immediate.
Reactions at Sites of Intravenous Infusion - Phlebitis has occasionally been reported. Local inflammatory changes have been described following inadvertent infiltration. Isolated cases of cutaneous necrosis (destruction of skin tissue) have been reported.
Miscellaneous Uncommon Effects - The following adverse effects have been reported in 1% to 3% of patients: nausea, headache, anginal pain, non-specific chest pain, palpitations, and shortness of breath.
Isolated cases of thrombocytopenia have been reported.
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