Which medications in the drug class Vasopressors are used in the treatment of Transfusion Reactions?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: S Gerald Sandler, MD, FACP, FCAP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Vasopressors

Vasopressors are used to reverse the hemodynamic compromise that is associated with anaphylaxis or allergic reaction.

Epinephrine (Epi-Pen, Adrenaline)

A sympathomimetic that activates both alpha receptors and beta receptors. Causes bronchial smooth muscle relaxation and cardiac stimulation.

Dopamine (Intropin)

An immediate precursor to epinephrine, dopamine stimulates dopaminergic, beta-adrenergic, and alpha-adrenergic receptors.


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