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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Levophed (Overview)

Levophed is an inotrope which is a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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I was wondering what are the differences of levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine in terms of their action?

I was wondering what are the differences of levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine in terms of their action?

You Asked for It----: Dobutamine- direct b1 receptor stimulant or agonist in the sympathetic nervous system. Levophed- vasoconstrictor peripherally (alpha adrenergic effects) and beta adrenergic stimulant at the level of the heart and coronary vessels dopamine- dual b1 and Alpha adrenergic effects. Useful in hypovolemic shock because of conservancy of renal blood flow. Also, works centrally in other complex ways. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
76 Doctors shared insights

Levophed (Overview)

Levophed is an inotrope which is a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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Can you explain the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine, and dobutamine?

Alters physiology: These are very simple answers to a complex question. Levophed (norepinephrine) increases blood pressure; Dopamine increases heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac function (contractility); Dobutamine increases cardiac contractility and heart rate. ...Read more

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Is levophed (norepinephrine) being used more now as a first choice of treatment for head injuries?

Is levophed (norepinephrine) being used more now as a first choice of treatment for head injuries?

Levophed (norepinephrine): Norepinephrine is not specifically used for treatment of head injuries per se but it is used routinely in ICU settings for maintaining blood pressure in critically ill pt's such as those suffering from acute neurologic trauma to attempt to maintain cerebral perfusion in the face of elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate dosage range for levophed (norepinephrine)?

What is the appropriate dosage range for levophed (norepinephrine)?

See below: Levophed’s dosing is variable, depends on the condition treated, and may itself change depending the reference or guideline you consult). A common treatment is for low blood pressure/shock, 0.1-0.5 mcg/kg/minute, adjusted to desired pressure response. An older approach some still use is flat dosing (without regard to patient weight) of 8-12mcg/minute to start and a maintenance dose of 2-4mcg/min. ...Read more

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What are the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine?

Receptors: These three medications are used to support the heart and cardiovascular system ie. blood pressure and heart rate. They are known as sympathomimetics and have a similar response to what you would think of as adrenaline. Each has variable effect on either heart rate, heart function (in terms of strength of 'squeeze') and on blood vessels which would translate to higher blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can you explain the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine, and dobutamine?

Alters physiology: These are very simple answers to a complex question. Levophed (norepinephrine) increases blood pressure; Dopamine increases heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac function (contractility); Dobutamine increases cardiac contractility and heart rate. ...Read more

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Is levophed (norepinephrine) being used more now as a first choice of treatment for head injuries?

Levophed (norepinephrine): Norepinephrine is not specifically used for treatment of head injuries per se but it is used routinely in ICU settings for maintaining blood pressure in critically ill pt's such as those suffering from acute neurologic trauma to attempt to maintain cerebral perfusion in the face of elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences of levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine in terms of their action?

You Asked for It----: Dobutamine- direct b1 receptor stimulant or agonist in the sympathetic nervous system. Levophed- vasoconstrictor peripherally (alpha adrenergic effects) and beta adrenergic stimulant at the level of the heart and coronary vessels dopamine- dual b1 and Alpha adrenergic effects. Useful in hypovolemic shock because of conservancy of renal blood flow. Also, works centrally in other complex ways. ...Read more

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Can ED be reversed?

Can ED be reversed?

Maybe: Depends on cause. If you've had a nerve injury, ED can be treated but not reversed. Vascular and ED from low testosterone can often be reversed with medical management and lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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What is the cure of e.D.

What is the cure of e.D.

It depends: Upon the cause. There are many possible mental and physical causes. Things that can help are relaxation, avoidance of toxins such as alcohol/tobacco/anabolics/opiates and certain medications, diet/exercise and weight loss, making sure hormonal levels are normal, etc. Check w/your doctor. At your age, stress and anxiety are most common. ...Read more

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What is physiological ed?

What is physiological ed?

ED Causes: Erectile dysfunction (ed) effects men at varying times, degrees and ages. Many diseases can result in ed (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood vessel blockage). Smoking worsens these problems. These are physiologic causes. Thyroid dysfunction, low testosterone and liver problems are rarer causes. Testing, including cardiac where needed, can determine why. ...Read more

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Yohimby pros and Cons for ED?

Yohimby pros and Cons for ED?

More cons than: Pro's. While there is some loose evidence for it's use in erectile dysfunction, it's not great and compared to alternative therapies out there why chance it. It can cause palpitations, arrhythmia's (abnormal heart rhythms), kidney failure, seizures, may make symptoms from an enlarged prostate worse, cause psychosis, increase your blood pressure and other things. Again more con's than pro's. ...Read more

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Ed and ssri - help me?

Ed and ssri - help me?

Depends on "ED": If you are using ed to mean "erectile dysfunction": the ssri's can cause ed as a side-effect in between 5-50% of men - depending on the agent involved; the ed usually resolves when the ssri is stopped; also, there are meds which can be taken to reduce the ed. If you are referring to "eating disorder": ssri's are often used in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ed?

Is there a cure for ed?

Usually yes: First you need to find out why the ed is happening. Stress, anxiety, insomnia, low testosterone, diabetes, hypertension, etc all can contribute. Depending on the cause, your doc can help you fix the problem. Ask for help. If your family doc can't help you, then ask for a referral. ...Read more

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Could Divaloproex 500 mgs cause ED?

Could Divaloproex 500 mgs cause ED?

Side Effects: ED is not in the side effect profile of Divalproex. However Type 2 diabetes causes microvascular and macrovascular (Small and large blood vessel) changes that cause ED. ...Read more

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What should schools teach in sex ed?

What should schools teach in sex ed?

Start with feelings: Any form of physical expression starts with a feeling between the two parties. The feeling should be mutual, so that it becomes instinctive if the form of touching is a hug, a handshake, a kiss on one or both cheeks, or on the lips, or with an open mouth, or touching various parts of the body.....Well it is not my intent to get graphic here-:). ...Read more

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How to treat ED?

How to treat ED?

It really depends: On what's causing your erectile dysfunction. If it's from a non-necessary medication, this may mean stopping it or finding an alternative. If it's related to a particular medical condition, either by addressing that medical condition or using a medication like a "Viagra (sildenafil)" may be able to compensate for that issue. Remember there are many other medications and even devices beyond Viagra (sildenafil). ...Read more

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How to get rid of ed?

Depends: The treatment for erectile dysfunction depends on the cause. In a young person, it is most likely not diabetes or other chronic diseases, although these should be considerations. The treatment could be anything from counseling/therapy to medications. You need to see your primary care provider. ...Read more

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Any new treatments for ed?

Any new treatments for ed?

E.d.: There are many treatments a urologic specialist or a sex therapist can offer but none new recently. ...Read more

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Have you ever ED aromatherapy?

Have you ever ED aromatherapy?

you mean ever had?: Yes. Aromatherapy has many medical benefits. Essential oils have a variety of effects- they can be relaxing or stimulating, reduce pain & muscle spasms, treat migraine headaches & insomnia, improve digestion, ease nausea, improve immune function etc. One of their greatest effects is reducing stress & that alone can help most any condition! See http://www. Medicalnewstoday. Com/releases/50591.Php. ...Read more

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