Natrecor

Generic Name: Nesiritide

  • What is Natrecor?

    Natrecor is a medicine used intravenously (through a vein in your arm) to treat congestive heart failure (a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Natrecor?

    Natrecor can cause low blood pressure and allergic reactions; your doctor will monitor you for this during Natrecor administration.

  • Who should not take Natrecor?

    Your doctor will not administer Natrecor to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have low blood pressure.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Natrecor?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Natrecor. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or kidney problems.

  • 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 intravenously, based on your body weight and blood pressure.

  • How should I take Natrecor?

    Your doctor will administer Natrecor to you in a hospital setting and will monitor your blood pressure.

  • What should I avoid while taking Natrecor?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up visit with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Natrecor?

    If Natrecor is administered with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking a medication in a class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (such as lisinopril).

  • What are the possible side effects of Natrecor?

    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: abdominal pain, anxiety, back pain, dizziness, headache, lack of sleep, low blood pressure, nausea, rapid heartbeat, vomiting

  • Can I receive Natrecor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Natrecor 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 Natrecor?

    Natrecor should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Natrecor?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.