Last reviewed 01/2018
Doxapram hydrochloride is a respiratory stimulant used in situations of ventilatory failure when artificial ventilation is contraindicated.
It should only be given under expert supervision.
It is a drug with some serious side effects, including epilepsy and hepatic impairment.
It should not be given where there is severe hypertension, status asthmaticus, coronary artery disease or thyrotoxicosis.