Gadoteridol (By injection)
This medicine is a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) that is used to help create a clear picture of the brain, head, or neck during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
ProhanceThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:
This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to gadoteridol.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein. It is given just before you have an MRI scan.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, blood problems (including anemia, sickle cell anemia), diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of asthma, allergies, or seizures.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF)
- Acute kidney injury (AKI)
- This medicine contains a metal called gadolinium, which can stay in your body (including the brain, bones, skin) for a long time (several months to years). Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate, blood in your urine
- Fast, slow, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
- Muscle stiffness, weakness, stiff joints, trouble with moving, deep bone pain
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Rash, swelling, hardness, tightness, burning, itching, or red or dark patches on the skin
- Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 6/18/2019
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