WHAT ARE INOTROPIC AGENTS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
- Positive inotrope: strengthen the force of the heartbeat
- Negative inotrope: weaken the force of the heartbeat
HOW ARE INOTROPIC AGENTS USED?
Inotropic agents are given orally or administered via the intravenous route to treat various heart diseases such as:
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF INOTROPIC AGENTS?
Some of the side effects of inotropic agents include:
- Angina/chest pain
- Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
- Abnormal liver tests
- Injection-site reaction
- Irregular heart rate
- Abdominal pain
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.