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Amyvid Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Amyvid
Generic Name: florbetapir F 18 (Pronunciation: flor BET a pir)
- What is florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
- What are the possible side effects of florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
- How is florbetapir F 18 given (Amyvid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Amyvid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Amyvid)?
- What should I avoid while taking florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
- What other drugs will affect florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
Florbetapir F 18 is in a group of drugs called diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals (RAY dee oh far ma SOO tik als). Florbetapir F 18 is a radioactive agent that allows images of specific organs in the body to be detected by a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan.
Florbetapir F 18 is used together with a PET scan to detect the amount of plaque in the brain. Plaque is a build-up of certain proteins and diseased nerve cells that is often found in the brain of a person who has signs of Alzheimer's disease or other causes of dementia.
Florbetapir F 18 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects may include:
- joint or muscle pain;
- nausea; or
- feeling tired.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Amyvid (florbetapir f 18 injection) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about florbetapir F 18 (Amyvid)?
To make sure you can safely receive florbetapir F 18, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.
Do not breast-feed within 24 hours after receiving florbetapir F 18. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out any milk you collect. Do not feed it to your baby.
Receiving a radioactive agent such as florbetapir F 18 may increase your long-term risk of developing cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
Additional Amyvid Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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