Norepinephrine is used to treat life-threatening cases of low blood pressure. Doctors administer the drug intravenously in emergency rooms and intensive care units. It is often given during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Sepsis patients and those with low blood pressure due to hemodialysis often need this medication. Patients should let their doctors know if they have a history of diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, asthma, or sulfite allergies before receiving this medication.
Doctors will monitor the patient's blood pressure, respiration, and other vital signs during and after administration. Norepinephrine may damage the tissues around the infusion site if it leaks out of the patient's vein. Patients should let medical staff know right away if they feel pain, irritation, or a cold feeling in the skin or veins near the area where the medicine is being given. Typically, patients receive this medication until they respond to treatment. This may take several days.
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