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Dobutamine (Dobutrex): inotropic

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Generic Name dobutamine Trade Name Dobutrex Indication short term management of heart failure Action Dobutamine has a positive inotropic effect (increases cardiac output) with very little effect on heart rate.  Stimulates Beta1 receptors in the heart. Therapeutic Class inotropic Pharmacologic Class beta-adrenergic agonist Nursing Considerations

  • Monitor hemodynamics: hypertension, ↑HR, PVCs
  • Skin reactions may occur with hypersensitivity
  • Beta blockers may negate therapeutic effects of dobutamine
  • Monitor cardiac output
  • Monitor peripheral pulses before, during, and after therapy
  • DO NOT confuse dobutamine with dopamine

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Date Published - Apr 8, 2016
Date Modified - Apr 11, 2016