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Teslascan Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 6/16/2016

Teslascan 0.01 mmol/ml solution for infusion (mangafodipir) is a contrast medium used for for diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for the detection of lesions of the liver suspected to be due to metastatic disease or hepatocellular carcinomas. Teslascan is also used as an adjunct to MRI to aid in the investigation of focal pancreatic lesions. The brand name Teslascan is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Teslascan 0.01 mmol/ml solution for infusion (mangafodipir) include:

  • warmth/flushing
  • feeling hot
  • headache
  • nausea
  • skin reaction
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • temporary changes in sensation of taste
  • palpitations
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • fever, and
  • injection site pain

The recommended adult dose of Teslascan is 0.5 ml/kg bodyweight (5 μmol/kg bodyweight). Teslascan may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Teslascan must not be used during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before receiving Teslascan. It is unknown how much of this drug may pass into breast milk. Breastfeeding should be discontinued from the time of administration and should not be recommenced until 14 days after administration of Teslascan. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Teslascan 0.01 mmol/ml solution for infusion (mangafodipir) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Teslascan FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Undesirable Effects

Most of the adverse reactions reported were transient and of mild intensity. Those most commonly reported were: feeling of warmth/flushing, headache and nausea. In clinical trials with Teslascan (mangafodipir) , adverse reactions have been reported with the following frequencies given in the table below (very common ≥ 1/10; common ( ≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon ( ≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare ( ≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare < 1/10,000, not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). Within each frequency grouping, undesirable effects are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.

System Organ Class Adverse Reactions Frequency
Immune system disorders Hypersensitivity reactions (such as skin reactions, rhinitis, pharyngitis)
Anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions
Not known
Nervous system disorders Headache
Dizziness, paraesthesia, transient perverted sensation of taste
Eye disorders Visual disturbance Very rare
Cardiac disorders Palpitation Uncommon
Vascular disorders Hypertension Rare
Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea
Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting
Very rare
General disorders and administration site conditions Flushing, feeling hot
Fever, injection site pain
Chest pain
Very rare

Mangafodipir can cause transient increases of bilirubin and liver transaminases and transient decreases in plasma zinc.

The frequency of mild and moderate, non-serious adverse reactions, mainly transient warmth and flushing, is likely to increase when TESLASCAN (mangafodipir) is administered at the faster rate advised (4-6 ml/min).

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Teslascan (Mangafodipir)

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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