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nesiritide (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving nesiritide (Natrecor)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to nesiritide, or if you have very low blood pressure.

To make sure you can safely receive nesiritide, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Tell your doctor about any heart problems you currently have or have had in the past. There are certain heart conditions that could make it dangerous for you to receive nesiritide.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether nesiritide will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether nesiritide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is nesiritide given (Natrecor)?

Nesiritide is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Nesiritide must be given slowly through an IV infusion. The needle will remain in place while you receive the medication continuously for up to 48 hours.

Your blood pressure will be checked often while you are receiving nesiritide.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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