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What is dopamine?

Dopamine (also known as Intropin®) is a medicine used to treat shock and low blood pressure. In low doses, it is used to increase blood flow to the kidneys. It is a clear liquid that is given into a vein (IV).

Possible side effects of dopamine

  • Fast heart rate or changes in the rhythm of the heart
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain and irritation at the injection site
  • Feeling anxious
  • Headache
  • Dilated pupils

These are the most common side effects, but there may be others. Please report all side effects to the doctor or nurse.

Special instructions for dopamine

  • Check with the nurse to see if you can eat while taking this drug.
  • You will be monitored (heart rate and blood pressure) more closely when your dose of this medicine is changed.


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