Which medications in the drug class Vasodilators are used in the treatment of Pheochromocytoma?

Updated: Aug 10, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Blake, MBBCh, MRCPI, FRCR; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Vasodilators

Nitroprusside sodium (Nipride, Nitropress, Sodium Nitroprusside)

Nitroprusside is a direct vasodilator that relaxes arterial vessels and venous smooth muscle. It has a short half-life and its effect disappears within 5 minutes of stopping infusion. The drug may be used to control paroxysmal hypertension intraoperatively. Nitroprusside produces vasodilation and increases the inotropic activity of the heart. At higher dosages, it may exacerbate myocardial ischemia by increasing the heart rate.


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