Which medications are used in the management of septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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The following medications may be used in the management of septic shock:

  • Alpha-/beta-adrenergic agonists (eg, norepinephrine, dopamine, dobutamine, epinephrine, vasopressin, phenylephrine)

  • Synthetic human angiotensin II

  • Isotonic crystalloids (eg, balanced salt solutions, lactated Ringer solution)

  • Volume expanders (eg, albumin)

  • Antibiotics (eg, cefotaxime, ticarcillin-clavulanate, piperacillin-tazobactam, imipenem-cilastatin, meropenem, clindamycin, metronidazole, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, cefepime, levofloxacin, vancomycin)

  • Corticosteroids (eg, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone)


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