flutemetamol f 18 (Intravenous route)

floo-te-MET-a-mol F 18

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Vizamyl

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent

Uses For flutemetamol f 18

Flutemetamol F 18 injection is used to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive (mental) problems. It is used with a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to help your doctor see an image of your brain.

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Flutemetamol F 18 is a radiopharmaceutical. Radiopharmaceuticals are radioactive agents, which may be used to find and treat certain diseases or to study the function of the body's organs.

flutemetamol f 18 is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine.

Before Using flutemetamol f 18

In deciding to use a diagnostic test, any risks of the test must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. Also, other things may affect test results. For this test, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to flutemetamol 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

Flutemetamol 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 flutemetamol 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 flutemetamol f 18

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

Your doctor will have you drink plenty of water or other fluids before and after you have the PET scan.

You will need to urinate right away and as often as possible for 24 hours after receiving flutemetamol f 18.

Precautions While Using flutemetamol f 18

It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving flutemetamol 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.

flutemetamol f 18 may cause serious allergic reactions such as trouble breathing, feeling of warmth, or redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest. If these side effects occur, tell your doctor right away.

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

flutemetamol 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:

Less common
  • Feeling of warmth
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

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:

Less common
  • Dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea

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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