What is Milrinone?Milrinone is a medicine used for the short-term treatment of heart failure. It works by increasing the strength of the contractions of your heart muscles, and by relaxing and enlarging certain small blood vessels so that blood flows through them more easily. Milrinone is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).
What is the most important information I should know about Milrinone?Long-term use of milrinone can increase your risk of arrhythmias (life-threatening irregular heartbeats).
Who should not take Milrinone?Your doctor will not administer milrinone to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Milrinone is not recommended for use if you have a history of a heart attack.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Milrinone?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with milrinone. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of heart attack, heart conditions, or kidney disease.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.
How should I take Milrinone?Your doctor will administer milrinone to you.
What should I avoid while taking Milrinone?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Milrinone?No significant interactions have been reported with milrinone at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Milrinone?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: arrhythmias, chest pain, headache, infusion-site reactions, low blood pressure, rash, shakiness
Can I receive Milrinone if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of milrinone during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Milrinone?Milrinone should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.
How should I store Milrinone?Your doctor will store this medication for you.