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Ultravist Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 7/29/2015

Ultravist (iopromide) is a nonionic, water-soluble x-ray contrast agent used for intra-arterial and intravenous procedures including angiography, arteriography, ventriculography, aortography, venography, urography, and Computed Tomography (CT). Common side effects of Ultravist include headache, changes in taste, vision disturbances, chest pain, blood vessel widening (vasodilation) which can lead to low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, back pain, urinary urgency, and injection site reactions such as bleeding, swelling, itching, and pain.

The volume and rate of injection of Ultravist contrast agent will vary depending on the injection site and the area being examined. Ultravist may interact with biguanides, beta-blockers, interleukins, or cholecystographic contrast agents. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Ultravist. It is unknown if Ultravist passes into breast milk. However, many injectable contrast agents are excreted in human milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Ultravist (iopromide) 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.

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Ultravist FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


The most important adverse drug reactions in patients receiving ULTRAVIST are anaphylactoid shock, contrast induced acute kidney injury, coma, cerebral infarction, stroke, brain edema, convulsion, arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, cardiac failure, bradycardia, cyanosis, hypotension, shock, dyspnea, pulmonary edema, respiratory insufficiency and aspiration.

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect or predict the rates observed in practice.

The following table of incidence of reactions is based upon controlled clinical trials in which ULTRAVIST Injection was administered to 1142 patients. This listing includes all reported adverse reactions regardless of attribution. Adverse reactions are listed by System Organ Class and in decreasing order of occurrence for rates greater than 1% in the ULTRAVIST group: see Table 3.


System Organ Class Adverse Reaction ULTRAVIST Injection
N=1142 (%)
Nervous system disorders Headache 46 (4)
Dysgeusia 15 (1.3)
Eye disorders Abnormal Vision 12 (1.1)
Cardiac disorders Chest pain 18 (1.6)
Vascular disorders Vasodilatation 30 (2.6)
Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea 42 (3.7)
Vomiting 22 (1.9)
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders Back pain 22 (1.9)
Renal and urinary disorders Urinary urgency 21 (1.8)
General disorders and administration site conditions Injection site and infusion site reactions (hemorrhage, hematoma, pain, edema, erythema, rash) 41 (3.7)
Pain 13 (1.4)

One or more adverse reactions were recorded in 273 of 1142 (24%) patients during the clinical trials, coincident with the administration of ULTRAVIST Injection or within the defined duration of the study follow-up period (24-72 hours). ULTRAVIST Injection is often associated with sensations of warmth and/or pain.

Serious, life-threatening and fatal reactions have been associated with the administration of iodine-containing contrast media, including ULTRAVIST Injection. In clinical trials 7/1142 patients given ULTRAVIST Injection died 5 days or later after drug administration. Also, 10/1142 patients given ULTRAVIST Injection had serious adverse events.

The following adverse reactions were observed in ≤ 1% of the subjects receiving ULTRAVIST Injection:

Cardiac disorders: atrioventricular block (complete), bradycardia, ventricular extrasystole;

Gastrointestinal disorders: abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, abdominal pain upper, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal disorder, gastrointestinal pain, salivation increased, stomach discomfort, rectal tenesmus;

General disorders and administration site conditions: asthenia, chest discomfort, chills, excessive thirst, extravasation, feeling hot, hyperhidrosis, malaise, edema peripheral, pyrexia;

Immune system disorders: asthma, face edema;

Investigations: blood lactate dehydrogenase increased, blood urea increased, hemoglobin increased, white blood cell count increased;

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: arthralgia, musculoskeletal pain, myasthenia, neck pain, pain in extremity;

Nervous system disorders:agitation, confusion, convulsion, dizziness, hypertonia, hypesthesia, incoordination, neuropathy, somnolence, speech disorder, tremor, paresthesia, visual field defect;

Psychiatric disorders: anxiety;

Renal and urinary disorders: dysuria, renal pain, urinary retention;

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: apnea, cough increased, dyspnea, hypoxia, pharyngeal edema, pharyngitis, pleural effusion, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory disorder, sore throat;

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: erythema, pruritus, rash, urticaria;

Vascular disorders:coronary artery thrombosis, flushing, hypertension, hypotension, peripheral vascular disorder, syncope, vascular anomaly.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of ULTRAVIST Injection. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Adverse reactions reported in foreign postmarketing surveillance and other trials with the use of ULTRAVIST Injection include:

Cardiac disorders:cardiac arrest, ventricular fibrillation, atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, palpitations, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris;

Ear and labyrinth disorders: vertigo, tinnitus;

Endocrine disorders: hyperthyroidism, thyrotoxic crisis, hypothyroidism;

Eye disorders: mydriasis, lacrimation disorder;

Gastrointestinal disorders: dysphagia, swelling of salivary glands;

Immune system disorders:anaphylactoid reaction (including fatal cases), respiratory arrest, anaphylactoid shock, angioedema, laryngeal edema, laryngospasm, bronchospasm, hypersensitivity;

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: compartment syndrome in case of extravasation

Nervous system disorders:cerebral ischemia/infarction, paralysis, paresis, transient cortical blindness, aphasia, coma, unconsciousness, amnesia, hypotonia, aggravation of myasthenia gravis symptoms

Renal and urinary disorders:renal failure, hematuria;

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: pulmonary edema, acute respiratory distress syndrome, asthma,

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, skin discoloration;

Vascular disorders:vasospasm.


The overall character, quality, and severity of adverse reactions in pediatric patients are generally similar to those reported in adult patients. Additional adverse reactions reported in pediatric patients from foreign marketing surveillance or other information are: epistaxis, angioedema, migraine, joint disorder (effusion), muscle cramps, mucous membrane disorder (mucosal swelling), conjunctivitis, hypoxia, fixed eruptions, vertigo, diabetes insipidus, and brain edema [see Use in Specific Populations].

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ultravist (Iopromide Injection)

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