Natrecor

Natrecor treats patients with severe heart failure who have trouble breathing. Can cause low blood pressure.

Natrecor Overview

Updated: 

Natrecor is a prescription medication used to treat patients with severe heart failure who have trouble breathing. Natrecor belongs to a group of drugs called vasodilators. These work by relaxing blood vessels and increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart while reducing its workload.

Natrecor is available in an injectable form that is given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of Natrecor include low blood pressure, nausea, headache, and back pain.

Natrecor can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Natrecor affects you.

 

Patient Ratings for Natrecor

How was your experience with Natrecor?

First, a little about yourself

Tell us about yourself in a few words?

What tips would you provide a friend before taking Natrecor?

What are you taking Natrecor for?

Choose one
  • Other
  • Dyspnea, Paroxysmal

How long have you been taking it?

Choose one
  • Less than a week
  • A couple weeks
  • A month or so
  • A few months
  • A year or so
  • Two years or more

How well did Natrecor work for you?

Did you experience many side effects while taking this drug?

How likely would you be to recommend Natrecor to a friend?

Uses of Natrecor

Natrecor is a prescription medication used to treat patients with severe heart failure who have trouble breathing.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

 

Manufacturer

Natrecor Drug Class

Natrecor is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Natrecor

Serious side effects have been reported with Natrecor. See the "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Natrecor include the following: 

  • low blood pressure
  • nausea
  • back pain
  • headache
  • dizziness

This is not a complete list of Natrecor side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Natrecor Interactions

No drug interactions have been studied by the manufacturer. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all drug interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Natrecor Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Natrecor including the following: 

  • Low blood pressure. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure. 
  • Worsening kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor how well your kidneys are working during treatment and after treatment. 
  • Allergic reaction. 

Do not receive Natrecor if you:

  • are allergic to Natrecor or to any of its ingredients
  • have a systolic blood pressure of <100 mmHg before therapy
  • are in cardiogenic shock 

Natrecor Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Natrecor, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before receiving Natrecor, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Natrecor or to any of its ingredients
  • have a history or have kidney problems
  • have low blood pressure
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant 
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Natrecor and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Natrecor falls into category C. There are no well-controlled studies that have been done in pregnant women. Natrecor should be used during pregnancy only if the possible benefit outweighs the possible risk to the unborn baby.

Natrecor and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Natrecor crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Natrecor.

Natrecor Usage

Receive Natrecor exactly as prescribed.

Natrecor is available in an injectable form that is given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

Natrecor Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • your blood pressure
  • your weight
  • your response to Natrecor

The recommended dose of Natrecor (nesiritide) is a bolus of 2 mcg/kg followed by a continuous infusion of 0.01 mcg/kg/min. 

Natrecor Overdose

If Natrecor is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.