Dopamine

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Dopamine Hydrochloride Injection, USP is a clear, practically colorless, aqueous, additive solution for intravenous infusion after dilution. Each mL contains either 40 mg, 80 mg, or 160 mg dopamine (dopamine hydrochloride) HCl, USP (equivalent to 32.3 mg, 64.6 mg and 129.2 mg dopamine (dopamine hydrochloride) base respectively) in Water for Injection, USP, containing 9 mg sodium metabisulfite as an antioxidant. The pH range (2.5 to 5.0) may be adjusted with citric acid and/or sodium citrate. The solution is sterile and nonpyrogenic. Dopamine (dopamine hydrochloride) HCl, a naturally occurring catecholamine, is an inotropic vasopressor agent. Its chemical name is 3,4 dihydroxyphenethylamine hydrochloride and its chemical structure is:

Dopamine Hydrochloride structural formula illustration

Dopamine (dopamine hydrochloride) HCl is sensitive to alkalis, iron salts and oxidizing agents. DOPAMINE (dopamine hydrochloride) must be diluted in an appropriate, sterile parenteral solution (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION section) before intravenous administration.



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