Gadopentetate Dimeglumine increases the risk of a possibly severe and sometimes fatal condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in certain patients with kidney problems. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis results in thickening or hardening (fibrosis) of tissues in the body (eg, skin, muscle, internal organs). Before you receive Gadopentetate Dimeglumine , tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver problems, liver transplant, or if you receive dialysis. Your doctor may need to perform kidney function tests before you receive Gadopentetate Dimeglumine . Tell your doctor right away if you develop redness, pain, or swelling of the skin; tightness or thickening of the skin; skin lesions; or muscle pain or weakness.
Providing a better picture with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Gadopentetate Dimeglumine is a diagnostic aid. When used with an MRI, it works by aiding in the detection of abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord, or whole body.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Gadopentetate Dimeglumine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Gadopentetate Dimeglumine . However, no specific interactions with Gadopentetate Dimeglumine are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Gadopentetate Dimeglumine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Gadopentetate Dimeglumine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Gadopentetate Dimeglumine .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Dizziness; headache; minor pain, swelling, coldness, or redness at the injection site; nausea.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; fast or irregular heartbeat; muscle weakness; numbness in an arm or leg; pain, redness, or swelling of the skin; severe stomach pain; sharp or crushing chest pain; skin lesions; sudden leg pain; sudden severe headache; sudden shortness of breath; tightness or thickening of the skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Gadopentetate Dimeglumine :
Gadopentetate Dimeglumine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Gadopentetate Dimeglumine at home, store Gadopentetate Dimeglumine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Gadopentetate Dimeglumine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Gadopentetate Dimeglumine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.