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Magnevist Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Magnevist
Generic Name: gadopentetate dimeglumine (Pronunciation: gad oh PEN te tate dye MEG loo meen)
- What is gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
- What are the possible side effects of gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
- What is the most important information I should know about gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
- How is gadopentetate dimeglumine used (Magnevist)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Magnevist)?
- What happens if I overdose (Magnevist)?
- What should I avoid after receiving gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
- What other drugs will affect gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
Gadopentetate dimeglumine is a contrast agent that produces magnetic effects. It is used in combination with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to allow blood vessels, organs, and other non-bony tissues to be seen more clearly on the MRI.
Gadopentetate dimeglumine is used to help diagnose certain disorders of the brain, blood vessels, and spin (central nervous system).
Gadopentetate dimeglumine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite;
- swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath; or
- swelling, bruising, redness, itching, burning, or skin changes where the injection was given.
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness;
- feeling unusually hot;
- unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
- numbness; or
- cold feeling, warmth, pain, or burning where the medicine was injected.
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 Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)?
Gadopentetate dimeglumine can cause a life-threatening condition in people with advanced kidney disease. The symptoms of this condition include:
- burning, itching, swelling, scaling, and tightening or hardening of your skin;
- muscle weakness;
- joint stiffness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet;
- deep bone pain in your ribs or your hips;
- trouble moving; or
- skin redness or discoloration.
Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. You may not be able to receive gadopentetate dimeglumine. Also tell your doctor if you have recently received any contrast agent similar to gadopentetate dimeglumine.
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, a heart rhythm disorder, asthma or allergies, if you are over 60 years old, if you have ever had a reaction to a contrast agent, or if you have recently had an injury, surgery, or severe infection.
Your doctor or other healthcare provider may want to watch you for a short time after your test is over. This is to make sure you do not have any unwanted side effects or delayed reactions.
Additional Magnevist 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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