Brand Name: Natrecor
Active Ingredient: nesiritide
Strength(s): 1.5 mg/vial
Dosage Form(s): Intravenous Injection
Company Name: Scios Inc.
Availability: Prescription only
*Date Approved by FDA: August 10, 2001
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

What is Natrecor used for?

Natrecor is used to treat patients with congestive heart failure who have shortness of breath at rest or with a small amount of activity. Natrecor has not been studied in children.

Who should not be treated with Natrecor?

Natrecor should not be given as the main treatment for patients with:

* shock due to abnormal heart function
* systolic blood pressure less than 90 mm Hg

Do not use Natrecor if you are allergic to nesiritide or to any of the other ingredients in Natrecor.

What should I tell my health care provider?

Tell your health care provider if you:

* have kidney problems
* are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take a certain blood pressure medicine called an ACE inhibitor.

What are some possible side effects of Natrecor? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Natrecor. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

The most common side effect with Natrecor is low blood pressure.

For more detailed information about Natrecor, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.