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Levosimendan is used for the treatment of heart failure.

How it works

Levosimendan belongs to a class of drugs called pyridazone-dinitrile derivative. It allows blood vessels to relax and improves the pumping efficiency of the heart.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abnormal heart rhythm, Headache, Decreased potassium level in blood, Decreased blood pressure, Myocardial infarction, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • You may be treated for low serum potassium levels before the treatment with levosimendan and your potassium levels will be monitored during treatment.
  • You will be constantly monitored for changes in ECG, blood pressure and heart rate, urine output for at least 3 days after the treatment or until you become stable.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)