dopamine for shock?
February 23, 2009 8:35 PM Subscribe
Neurologic Drug Filter: I've been reading for a while and am quite tired so I'm hoping my exhaustion is not resulting in my going on mefi and asking a totally stupid question. So here goes.... If the activation of domaminergic receptors result in the vasodilation of the blood vessels in places like the heart and kidneys, why is one of the clinical uses of dopamine shock and hypotension? I'm a little confused by this. It would seem if dopamine results in vasodilation, you would not want to give it to someone hypotensive or in shock. Any ideas?