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Generic Name: milrinone (mill RI non)
Brand Names: Primacor, Primacor I.V.

What is Primacor (milrinone)?

Milrinone is a phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor.

Milrinone is used for short term treatment of congestive heart failure.

Milrinone may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Primacor (milrinone)?

Milrinone should be administered by a healthcare provider. It is typically administered in a clinical setting where a healthcare provider can monitor vital signs (blood pressure, heart rates) and where an emergency situation can be handled properly.

Other drugs can interact with milrinone resulting in dangerous side effects and/or decreased effectiveness. Tell your doctor about any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, you are taking.

Milrinone use has been associated with ventricular arrhythmias and other serious side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions regarding the potential side effects associated with milrinone use.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Primacor (milrinone)?

Tell your doctor about all prescription or over-the-counter medicines including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products that your are taking.

Milrinone is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether milrinone will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Do not use milrinone without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Primacor (milrinone)?

Milrinone should be administered by a healthcare provider. It is typically administered in a clinical setting where a healthcare provider can monitor vital signs (blood pressure, heart rates) and where an emergency situation can be handled properly.

Your healthcare provider will store milrinone as directed by the manufacturer.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since the medication will be administered by a healthcare provider, missing a dose should not occur.

What happens if I overdose?

Milrinone is typically administered by a healthcare provider in a clinical setting where an emergency situation or overdose can be handled properly.

What should I avoid while using Primacor (milrinone)?

Other drugs can interact with milrinone resulting in dangerous side effects and/or decreased effectiveness. Tell your doctor about any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, you are taking.

Primacor (milrinone) side effects

Milrinone use has been associated with ventricular arrhythmias and other serious side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions regarding the potential side effects associated with milrinone use.

What other drugs will affect Primacor (milrinone)?

Other drugs can interact with milrinone resulting in dangerous side effects and/or decreased effectiveness. Tell your doctor about any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, you are taking.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about milrinone written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Milrinone is available under the brand names Primacor. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about this medication.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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