Generic Name: DOPAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Therapeutic category: Inotropic Agents
Description: Dopamid is a clear, colorless, almost colorless to pale yellow solution. It contains 40mg/ml of Dopamine Hydrochloride and it belongs to a group of medicines called Inotropic agents.
How DOPAMID works:
- it exerts positive inotropic and chronotropic effects on the myocardium, acting as an agonist at β-adrenergic receptors.
- In addition to its direct action on β-adrenergic receptors, it acts indirectly by releasing Noradrenaline from sympathetic storage sites.
Dopamid is indicated for the correction of haemodynamic imbalances present in the shock syndrome due to myocardial infarction, trauma, endotoxic septicemia, open-heart surgery, renal failure and chronic cardiac decompensation as in congestive failure.
Dosage and Administration:
- Dopamid is administered (only after dilution) by intravenous infusion.
- The initial rate of infusion is 2 to 5 mg/kg/min and this may be increased gradually by increments of 5 to 10 mg/kg/min until the optimum dose for the individual is achieved. The optimum dose should not exceed 50 mg/kg/min.
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