Drug: dobutamine injection

The most frequent adverse reactions include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, irregular ventricular beats, and chest pain. Fever, headache, nausea, low blood pressure, and shortness of breath have also been reported. REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

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Yes

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Intravenous solution: 250, 500, 1000 mg in 250 mL, 250 mg in 20 mL, 500 mg in 40 mL

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Vials should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). Once diluted, dobutamine may be stored in the refrigerator (4 C) for 7 days or up to 48 hours at room temperature.

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The initial dose for adults is based on the indication and severity of heart failure. Dosing is 0.5 to 1 micrograms per kilogram body weight per minute followed by an intravenous infusion of 2 to 20 micrograms per kilogram body weight per minute. Maximum dose is 40 micrograms per kilogram per minute.

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Available evidence suggests that dobutamine may be safely used in pregnancy.

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Dobutamine should be used cautiously by nursing mothers as it is unknown whether it is excreted in breast milk.

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