Used during a medical test or imaging procedure to help internal organs show up better.
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 one of your veins just before you have an MRI scan.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of an allergic reaction to any contrast agent.
- Tell your doctor if you have severe kidney disease. Your risk of a serious disease called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is increased if you have severe kidney disease. Check with your doctor right away if you have red or dark patches on your skin; burning, itching, swelling, hardening, or tightening of your skin; joint stiffness; trouble moving your arms and legs; pain in your hip bone or ribs; or muscle weakness after you get the injection.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have mild, burning pain; feeling of warmth or coldness; or redness at the injection site.
- 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
- Chest pain
- Cold feeling, confusion, dizziness, or lightheadedness
- Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
- Muscle weakness, stiff joints or trouble moving, or deep bone pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin rash, swelling, hardness, tightness, burning, itching, or red or dark patches
- Trouble breathing
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
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 8/4/2014
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