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Clinical data
Drug classVasodilatation[1]
Main usesHeart failure[1]
Side effectsLow blood pressure, headache, nausea, back pain[1]
Routes of
IV only
External links
US NLMNesiritide
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass3464.07 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
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Nesiritide, sold under the brand name Natrecor among others, is a medication developed to treat acute decompensated congestive heart failure.[1] Evidence; however, has failed to show benefit.[2][1] It is given into a vein.[1]

Common side effects include low blood pressure, headache, nausea, and back pain.[1] Other side effects may include allergic reactions, kidney problems, and death.[1] It is a recombinant form of B-type natriuretic peptide, which results in vasodilatation.[1]

Nesiritide was approved for medical use in the United States in 2001.[1] In the United States it costs about 1,100 USD per 1.5 mg vial.[3] Commercial sale; however, has been discontinued as of 2021.[4]

Medical uses


Nesiritide is only administered intravenously, usually by bolus, followed by IV infusion. For most adults and the elderly, a normal dosage is 2 mg/kg followed by a continuous IV infusion of 0.01 mg/kg/min. This may be increased every three hours for a maximum of 0.03 mg/kg/min.

Side effects

Common side effects include:

More rare side effects include:


In 2005, after several academic papers published by Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein[6][7][8] on the efficacy and side effects of nesiritide, Johnson & Johnson met with the FDA and altered its stated plans for the drug and agreed to revise its labeling.[9][10]

Heart doctors at the Cleveland Clinic then voted unanimously not to permit the prescription of the drug.[10] Johnson and Johnson convened a panel of experts whose advice included the recommendation to conduct the large-scale clinical trial that was subsequently published in 2011.[11] Following this, the United States Department of Justice announced an inquiry into the marketing of the drug[12] that led to a fine against the Scios unit of J&J.[13]


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  7. Sackner-Bernstein JD, Kowalski M, Fox M, Aaronson K (April 2005). "Short-term risk of death after treatment with nesiritide for decompensated heart failure: a pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials". JAMA. 293 (15): 1900–5. doi:10.1001/jama.293.15.1900. PMID 15840865.
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  11. Herper M. "Bitter Pill For J&J On Heart Drug". Forbes. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  13. "Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Scios Pleads Guilty to Misbranding Heart Failure Drug Natrecor". 5 October 2011. Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.

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