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How do medications treat hypovolemic shock?

The first order of business for patients with hypovolemic shock is the replacement of blood and fluid. Some secondary medications can be involved in the treatment. If the patient is suffering, doctors will often prescribe a painkiller like morphine to diminish their pain. Under some circumstances, vasopressin can be used to limit internal hemorrhaging, although this treatment is risky because of potential effects on the heart. Somatostatin and octreotide can sometimes succeed in reducing gastrointestinal hemorrhaging. Finally, stimulants such as dopamine and epinephrine may be used to increase heart rate.

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