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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.

For Your Personal Safety

If you are having an MRI examination, please inform your doctor or the technologist if you have:

  • cardiac pacemaker
  • an artificial heart valve
  • metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • intrauterine device, such as Copper-7 IUD
  • aneurysm clips
  • previous gunshot wound
  • ever been a metal worker
  • permanent (tattoo) eye-liner

Any metallic substance on your person can affect the quality of the diagnostic images.  It can also cause discomfort or injury to you when placed in the magnetic field, and may exclude you from the exam.

Be sure to tell us if you're pregnant!

Help Us Get a Good Picture of You

Metallic objects often give a bright or blank spot in the picture.  To help your doctor make the best diagnosis, you will be asked to remove your make-up, eyeglasses, jewelry, dentures, hearing aids and any other metallic objects you are carrying.

You may also want to avoid drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages prior to scanning so you are able to lie quietly for several minutes at a time.