Gastrografin Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 2/15/2022
Gastrografin Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Gastrografin?

Gastrografin (diatrizoate meglumine and diatrizoate sodium solution) is a radiopaque contrast medium indicated for radiographic examination of segments of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, proximal small intestine, and colon). The preparation is particularly indicated when a more viscous agent such as barium sulfate, which is not water-soluble, is not feasible or is potentially dangerous. Gastrografin may also be used as an adjunct to contrast enhancement in computed tomography of the torso (body imaging); the preparation is indicated, in conjunction with intravenous administration of a radiopaque contrast agent, when unenhanced imaging may not provide sufficient definition in distinguishing normal loops of bowel from adjacent organs or areas of suspected pathology. Gastrografin is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Gastrografin?

Common side effects of Gastrografin are usually mild and temporary and include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • hives and redness,
  • low blood oxygen,
  • shortness of breath,
  • fast heart rate, and
  • severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)

Dosage for Gastrografin

The adult oral dosage of Gastrografin (diatrizoate meglumine and diatrizoate sodium solution) is a radiopaque may range from 30 to 90 mL (11 to 33 g iodine), depending on the nature of the examination and the size of the patient. For infants and children less than 5 years of age, the dose of Gastrografin is 30 mL (11 g iodine) are usually adequate; for children 5 to 10 years of age, the suggested dose is 60 mL (22 g iodine).

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Gastrografin?

Gastrografin may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Gastrografin During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Gastrografin; procedures including radiation involve a certain risk related to the exposure of the fetus. Gastrografin passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Gastrografin (diatrizoate meglumine and diatrizoate sodium solution) Liquid 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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SIDE EFFECTS

Most adverse reactions to enteral diagnostic radiopaque agents are mild and transitory. Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, urticaria with erythema, hypoxia, acute dyspnea, tachyarrhythmia, and anaphylaxis have occurred following ingestion of the contrast medium, particularly when high concentrations of large volumes of solution are administered. Severe changes in serum osmolarity and electrolyte concentrations may produce shock-like states (see WARNINGS). It should be kept in mind that serious or anaphylactoid reactions that may occur with intravascular administration of radiopaque contrast agents are theoretically possible following administration by other routes.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Gastrografin (Diatrizoate Meglumine and Diatrizoate Sodium Solution)

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