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Can you explain the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine, and dobutamine?
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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Alters physiology
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Levophed (norepinephrine) increases blood pressure; Dopamine increases heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac function (contractility); Dobutamine increases cardiac contractility and heart rate.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Pressors & inotropes
Levophed (norepinephrine) causes blood vessels to constrict & is mainly used to increase blood pressure (pressor).
Dobutamine helps the heart contract more forcefully & increase cardiac output (inotrope); it also can cause the blood vessels to dilate. Dobutamine is both a pressor & an inotrope--it makes blood vessels to constrict, & it increases cardiac output by causing the heart to beat faster & stronger.

In brief: Pressors & inotropes
Levophed (norepinephrine) causes blood vessels to constrict & is mainly used to increase blood pressure (pressor).
Dobutamine helps the heart contract more forcefully & increase cardiac output (inotrope); it also can cause the blood vessels to dilate. Dobutamine is both a pressor & an inotrope--it makes blood vessels to constrict, & it increases cardiac output by causing the heart to beat faster & stronger.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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