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Milrinone injection

What is milrinone injection?

MILRINONE (Primacor®) makes your heartbeat stronger. Milrinone can dilate the blood vessels (make them larger) increasing the amount of blood pumped by the heart, and improve heart rate for patients with congestive heart failure. It is for short-term treatment to relieve severe symptoms of congestive heart failure; it is not a cure. Generic milrinone injections are available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive milrinone?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart rhythm problems

  • heart valve disease

  • kidney disease

  • recent heart attack

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to milrinone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Milrinone is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a clinic or hospital setting.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with milrinone?

  • ginger

  • water pills (diuretics)

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What should I watch for while taking milrinone?

You will be closely monitored to check your progress during and after you have received milrinone.

Milrinone can make you feel dizzy and lightheaded. To avoid dizzy or fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older person.

What side effects may I notice from receiving milrinone?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness, fainting spells

  • irregular heartbeats, palpitations, chest pain

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision

  • diarrhea

  • headache

Where can I keep my medicine?

Milrinone is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is given only by a health-care professional in a clinic or hospital setting.

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