Dopamine (Dopastat)

Photograph of Dopamine (Dopastat) under the microscope.

Dopamine is a naturally occurring immediate precursor of norepinephrine that is used to correct hemodynamic imbalances due to shock, trauma, and renal failure. The drug causes an increase in cardiac output and vasoconstriction in blood vessels, and when low doses are administered, causes renal and mesenteric vasodilatation. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, and anxiety.

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