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    Information about Dopamine

    Dopamine uses

    Dopamine is used in the treatment of heart failure and Low blood pressure.

    How dopamine works

    Dopamine is a sympathomimetic agonist. It works on the receptors in the kidney, gut, brain and heart thereby relaxing the blood vessels in these organs. This restores the poor blood supply and oxygen delivery to these organs. It also causes an increase in urine production in the kidneys and protects them from injury.

    Common side effects of dopamine

    Headache, Palpitations, Increased heart rate, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
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    Expert advice for Dopamine

    • Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, kidney function, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving dopamine.
    • Take precautions if you have or had any of the following medical conditions: coronary artery disease (hardened arteries), circulation problems such as Raynaud's syndrome, a history of blood clots, diabetes, frostbite, Buergers disease, asthma, sulfite allergy, or if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the last 21 days.
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Dopamine


    Q. Is Dopamine a hormone/ a neurotransmitter/ a catecholamine/ a monoamine/ a chemical/ a stimulant/ a protein/ a vasopressor?

    Dopamine is not a protein; it is a chemical, hormone, neurotransmitter, stimulant, monoamine, catecholamine and a vasopressor

    Q. Does Dopamine cause vasodilation/ anxiety/ make you tired/increase libido/ increase systemic vascular resistance (svr)/ cause addiction?

    Dopamine causes vasodilation and may increase systemic vascular resistance possibly when taken in high amounts. Dopamine use can lead to addiction

    Q. Is Dopamine inhibitory or excitatory/ does Dopamine inhibit prolactin?

    Dopamine is a special neurotransmitter because it is considered to be both excitatory and inhibitory. It is a prolactin inhibitor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 December, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)