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Primacor


Generic Name: Milrinone (MILL-ri-none)
Brand Name: Primacor

Primacor is used for:

Treating congestive heart failure.

Primacor is an inotrope and vasodilator. It works by increasing the force with which the heart pumps blood through the body and widens blood vessels, which allows blood to flow through the body more easily.

Do NOT use Primacor if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Primacor
  • you have severe blockage of your aorta or certain heart valve problems (pulmonic valvular disease), or you have recently had a heart attack

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Primacor :

Some medical conditions may interact with Primacor . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of kidney problems, irregular heartbeat or other heart problems (eg, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), heart attack, or heart valve conditions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Primacor . However, no specific interactions with Primacor are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Primacor may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Primacor :

Use Primacor as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Primacor is usually administered as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss a dose of Primacor , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Primacor .

Important safety information:

  • Primacor may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Primacor . Using Primacor alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Primacor may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Alcohol, hot weather, exercise, and fever can increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness.
  • LAB TESTS, including heart function, kidney function, blood electrolytes, and blood pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Primacor with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Primacor during pregnancy. It is unknown if Primacor is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Primacor , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Primacor :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; headache.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; severe dizziness or lightheadedness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe dizziness or lightheadedness.

Proper storage of Primacor :

Primacor is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Primacor at home, store Primacor as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Primacor , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Primacor is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Primacor . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.




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