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What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving norepinephrine (Levophed Bitartrate)?
If possible before you receive norepinephrine, tell your doctor if you have:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether norepinephrine 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 norepinephrine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
In an emergency situation it may not be possible before you are treated with norepinephrine to tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows you have received this medication.
How is norepinephrine given (Levophed Bitartrate)?
Norepinephrine is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a hospital or emergency setting.
Norepinephrine is usually given for as long as needed until your body responds to the medication. Some people must receive norepinephrine for several days.
Your blood pressure, breathing, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving norepinephrine.
Tell your caregivers if you feel any pain, irritation, cold feeling, or other discomfort of your skin or veins where the medicine is injected. Norepinephrine can damage the skin or tissues around the injection site if the medication accidentally leaks out of the vein.
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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