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Levophed Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is norepinephrine (Levophed)?
- What are the possible side effects of norepinephrine (Levophed)?
- What is the most important information I should know about norepinephrine (Levophed)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving norepinephrine (Levophed)?
- How is norepinephrine given (Levophed)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Levophed)?
- What happens if I overdose (Levophed)?
- What should I avoid while receiving norepinephrine (Levophed)?
- What other drugs will affect norepinephrine (Levophed)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving norepinephrine (Levophed)?
If possible before you receive norepinephrine, tell your doctor if you have:
- high blood pressure (hypertension);
- coronary artery disease;
- circulation problems;
- varicose veins;
- overactive thyroid; or
- asthma or a sulfite allergy.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether norepinephrine 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 norepinephrine 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 norepinephrine 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 norepinephrine given (Levophed)?
Norepinephrine is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a hospital or emergency setting.
Norepinephrine is usually given for as long as needed until your body responds to the medication. Some people must receive norepinephrine for several days.
Your blood pressure, breathing, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving norepinephrine.
Tell your caregivers if you feel any pain, irritation, cold feeling, or other discomfort of your skin or veins where the medicine is injected. Norepinephrine can damage the skin or tissues around the injection site if the medication accidentally leaks out of the vein.
Additional Levophed Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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