Vetlexicon Felis ISSN: 2398-2950 Canis logo

This article is available in full to registered subscribers

Sign up now for a 30 day trial or log in


  • Dobutamine.

Class of drug

  • Principally a beta 1-adrenoceptor agonistwith lesser degrees of alpha1 and beta2 agonist effects.



  • Increases cardiac muscle contractility with little effect on rate at normal doses.
  • The 1° use is to increase arterial blood pressure.
  • Chemically related to dopamine    , but does not trigger release of endogenous norepinephrine. Dobutamine is preferred over dopamine    by many authors in the management of cardiac failure because of its lack of side effects.


Adverse reactions

Effects of overdosage

  • Marked increase in systolic blood pressure.

Other reported reactions

  • Tachycardia.
Sorry, we couldn't find that content.
Let us know and we'll sort this out.