florbetapir f-18 (Intravenous route)

flor-BAY-ta-pir F-18

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Amyvid

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent, Radiopharmaceutical Imaging

Uses For florbetapir f-18

Florbetapir F-18 injection is used in adults to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive (mental) problems. It is used in for procedure called positron emission tomography (PET) scan to help your doctor see an image of your brain. Florbetapir F-18 belongs to the group of medicines called radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive agents).

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florbetapir f-18 will be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.

Before Using florbetapir f-18

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For florbetapir f-18, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to florbetapir f-18 or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Use of florbetapir F-18 injection is not indicated for use in children.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of florbetapir F-18 injection in the elderly.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Proper Use of florbetapir f-18

A doctor or other trained health professional will give you florbetapir f-18. florbetapir f-18 is given through a needle placed in one of your veins just before you have a PET scan.

Precautions While Using florbetapir f-18

It is very important that your doctor check your progress very closely while you are receiving florbetapir f-18. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it.

While receiving florbetapir f-18, you will be exposed to radiation. If you have any questions about this, talk to your doctor.

florbetapir f-18 Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare
  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Rare
  • Back pain
  • bleeding, irritation, or pain at the injection site
  • chills
  • fear
  • feeling cold
  • muscle or bone pain
  • nausea
  • neck pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
  • Change in taste
  • feeling of warmth
  • loss of taste
  • rash, hives or welts, itching
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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