1. Pierce, Janet D. DSN, ARNP, CCRN
  2. Morris, Debra A. MS, RN
  3. Clancy, Richard L. PhD


Low-dose dopamine is a widely administered drug used often in critical care settings to prevent or treat patients with low urinary output. There are new data to support that low-dose dopamine may have side effects and not always increase renal perfusion to the kidneys. This article is a review of the current use of low-dose dopamine, the role of dopamine in the kidneys, and the potential risks of infusing this drug to patients.