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What is norepinephrine?

Norepinephrine (also known as Levophed®) is a medicine used to treat shock and to raise low blood pressure. It is a clear liquid given by vein (IV).

Possible side effects of norepinephrine

  • Feeling anxious or restless
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling confused
  • Irritable
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak
  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in heart rhythm
  • Chest pain
  • Fast or slow heart rate
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Trouble urinating
  • Pain or burning at the IV site

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

In case of a severe side effect or reaction, call the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist at 595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once the call is connected.

Special instructions for norepinephrine

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


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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