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Last reviewed on RxList: 9/28/2018
Ceretec Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 9/28/2018

Ceretec Kit for the Preparation of Technetium Tc99m Exametazime Injection Diagnostic Radiopharmaceutical for Intravenous Use Only is a diagnostic radiopharmaceutical used as an adjunct in the detection of altered regional cerebral perfusion in stroke. Ceretec Kit is also used for leukocyte labeled scintigraphy as an adjunct in the localization of intra-abdominal infection and inflammatory bowel disease. Common side effects of Ceretec Kit include:

  • a temporary rise in blood pressure
  • rash with redness
  • facial swelling, and
  • fever

The normal adult (70 kg) dose of Ceretec is 0.259-0.925 GBq (7-25 mCi) as Tc99m labeled leukocytes by intravenous injection. Ceretec Kit may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Ceretec should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Formula feedings should be substituted for breastfeeding for 60 hours. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Ceretec Kit 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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The following serious adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Hypersensitivity Reactions [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

The following adverse reactions associated with the use of Ceretec were identified in clinical studies or postmarketing reports. Because some of these reactions were 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.

Cardiovascular Disorders: Reversible increase in blood pressure, flushing

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Nausea, vomiting

General Disorders And Administration Site Conditions: Malaise, fatigue, fever

Immune System Disorders: Hypersensitivity reactions: anaphylactic reactions including shock, facial edema, rash, pruritus or erythema

Nervous System Disorders: Headache, dizziness, paresthesia

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ceretec (Technetium Tc99m Exametazime Injection)


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