Used in certain medical procedures to help your doctor see images of your brain, heart, blood vessels, and other parts of your body. This medicine is an iodinated contrast agent.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- A doctor or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given through a needle placed in an artery or vein.
- Drink extra fluids so you will urinate more often and help prevent kidney problems.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you use metformin (Glucophage®), certain blood pressure medicines (such as atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, Bystolic®, Tenormin®), or a diuretic (water pill, such as furosemide, torsemide, Lasix®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, blood clotting problems, congestive heart failure, dehydration, diabetes, heart or blood vessel disease, multiple myeloma, an overactive thyroid, sickle cell anemia, autoimmune disorders, or pheochromocytoma.
- Tell your doctor if you have asthma or hay fever. Also tell your doctor if your have had an allergy to food, iodine, or dyes used for diagnostic procedures.
- Severe kidney problems may occur after you receive this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms: agitation, confusion, decreased urine, dizziness, headache, muscle twitching, rapid weight gain, or swelling.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have mild burning pain, feeling of warmth or coldness, peeling of the skin, redness, or swelling at the injection site.
- You may be exposed to radiation when you receive this medicine. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about this.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blood in the urine, lower back or side pain
- Chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
- Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg or on one side of your body
- Pain in your lower leg (calf)
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
- Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- Sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 12/4/2015
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