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Gadopentetate Dimeglumine Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

GADOPENTETATE DIMEGLUMINE (gad o PEN te tate) is a contrast agent. It is used to diagnose abnormalities during an MRI.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma

  • kidney disease

  • seizures

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to gadopentetate, contrast agents, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • burning, pain, redness at site where injected

  • changes in hearing

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • pain, swelling, warmth in the leg

  • problems with balance, talking, walking

  • seizures

  • signs and symptoms of kidney injury like trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • feeling of cold or heat at site where injected

  • flushing

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • unusual taste in the mouth

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Nearly every part of the body may be studied with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Organs within the chest and abdomen, such as the heart, liver, bladder and kidneys can easily be seen. The images to the left gives detailed view of the heart, brain and abdomen.

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?

Your doctor has arranged for you to be examined using one of the most advanced diagnostic methods available: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is a very advanced medical imaging technique which produces very clear pictures or images of the human body. It provides an excellent way to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and blood vessels.

Broward Health North's MRI offers maximum patient comfort and shorter exam times. The system has a spacious, well-lit opening on both ends, attractive design and soft colors which produce a friendly environment that helps to relax patients, reduce their anxieties and minimize claustrophobia. The exam takes about 30 to 60 minutes. It consists of several image exposures lasting 10 to 15 minutes each. These images assist us in making the best diagnosis possible and may even eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery. The exam poses no risk to the average patient if appropriate safety guidelines are followed.

What Can You Expect During the MRI Exam?

Although MRI is a very advanced medical technique, the MRI exam is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you may ever experience. The technologist will simply ask you to lie down on a cushioned table. A device called a "coil" will be placed over or under you. It is specialized to produce the clearest picture of the area it is placed over. When you are comfortably positioned, the table will move through the magnet. The technologist will then step into the control area, while staying in constant contact with you both visually and through intercom. As the exam proceeds, you will hear a muffled thumping sound for several minutes at a time. Relax and lie as still as possible. Any movement during this time will blur the picture. Other than the sound, the MRI creates no bodily sensation.

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