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Dopamine

Dopamine Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving dopamine injection ?

If possible before you receive dopamine injection, tell your caregivers if you have pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland).

To make sure you can safely receive dopamine injection, tell your caregivers if you have any of these other conditions:

  • coronary artery disease (hardened arteries);
  • circulation problems such as Raynaud's syndrome;
  • a history of blood clots;
  • diabetes;
  • frostbite;
  • Buergers disease;
  • asthma;
  • sulfite allergy; or
  • if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 21 days.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether dopamine injection will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether dopamine injection passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you are treated with dopamine injection to tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows you have received this medication.

How is dopamine injection given ?

Dopamine injection is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when dopamine injection is injected.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, kidney function, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving dopamine injection.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood cells and kidney function may need to be tested often. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor for blood or urine tests.

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