1 What is Natrecor?

Brand: Natrecor

Generic: Nesiritide

Natrecor is used to help patients with severe congestive heart failure, which has become worse. This drug is administered to patients who experience shortness of breath even while at rest or during minimal physical activity.

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2 What to Know Before Using

If you are about to start Natrecor, speak with your doctor about what you need to know. The risks and benefits the medicine offer must be weighed.

Before using this medicine, you and your doctor must consider the following:

  • Allergies: If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - foods, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Pediatric: No appropriate studies are performed to determine safety and efficacy of use in children.
  • Geriatric: Studies show that using this medicine in older adults does not cause different side effects than those experienced by younger adults. Nevertheless, using this drug in the elderly must be done with caution.
  • Pregnancy: Animal studies show that using this drug during pregnancy can cause an adverse effect to the fetus.
  • Breastfeeding: Although there are no adequate studies in lactating mothers that determine potential risk in an infant when breastfeeding, the potential benefits should be weighed against the risks before taking this medication.
  • Drug Interactions: Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take other medicines when taking this drug. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary.Using this with certain medicines needs utmost caution because the combination may result in certain side effects. Before taking this drug, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Other Medical Problems: If you have other medical problem, it may affect how you use this medicine. Inform your doctor if you have any other health issues, especially low blood pressure and heart disease, inform your doctor before using this drug.

3 Proper Usage

To use Natrecor properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Dosage generally depends on the patient’s condition and needs. Follow the doctor’s instructions when using this drug.

Do not change or alter your dosage unless ordered by your doctor. This drug is administered by a licensed health practitioner or doctor. The dosage of Natrecor is determined by calculating the patient’s weight.

4 Potential Side Effects

While not all people taking Natrecor may suffer from these side effects, you may need to call your doctor if any of these are present:

Some of the side effects may take place and may not need special medical attention and usually go away as the body adjusts to the medicine during treatment. Some patients may experience other side effects not listed above.

If you want to report side effects, you may do so by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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