Dobutamine. IV medication given primarily for congestive heart failure from heart muscle weakening. This increases the ability of the heart to contract and increase blood flow throughout the body helping with heart failure symptoms. Used with diuretic therapy (Lasix) to get extra fluid/water out of the body. Used in hospital but can be used at home for chronic therapy for end-stage heart failure.
Heart failure. Dobutamine increases the rate and strength that the heart beats at, allowing blood to flow through the body. It is typically used for short-term management of patients with poor heart function -- in any number of conditions including: shock due to heart failure or heart attack or sepsis.