Generic Name: Gadoterate Meglumine (gad oh TER ate MEG loo meen)
Brand Name: Dotarem
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 2, 2020.
- This medicine raises the chance of a health problem called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in some people. NSF may lead to severe skin, muscle, and organ problems that could be deadly. The risk of NSF is raised in people who have some types of kidney problems. Call your doctor right away if you have skin burning, itching, swelling, or scaling; red or dark spots on the skin; or hard or tight skin. Call your doctor right away if you have stiff joints, muscle weakness, or hip or rib pain. Call your doctor right away if you have trouble moving, bending, or straightening your arms, hands, legs, or feet.
- Before using Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine), talk with your doctor if you have kidney problems or if you are at risk for kidney problems. This includes people who are older than 60 years of age, or who have high blood pressure or high blood sugar (diabetes). Tell your doctor if you have recently taken a drug like this one.
- Your blood work may need to be checked. Talk with your doctor.
Uses of Dotarem:
- It is used during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Dotarem?
- If you are allergic to Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine); any part of Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have kidney problems.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Dotarem?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Tell your doctor if you have taken a drug like this one before. This medicine has a metal called gadolinium in it. Small amounts of gadolinium can stay in parts of your body like the brain, bones, skin, and other body parts for months to years. It is not known how this gadolinium may affect you. So far, this has not been shown to be harmful in people with normal kidneys. However, some people may be at higher risk from gadolinium staying in the body. This includes pregnant women, young children, and people who have had many doses of gadolinium drugs. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
- Some people have rarely felt tired; had pains; and had skin, muscle, or bone problems for a long time. These signs have not been linked to gadolinium. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Allergic reactions have happened with Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine). Rarely, some allergic reactions have been deadly. Most of the time, allergic reactions have happened within minutes of getting Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine). If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Kidney failure has happened with Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) in people who already had kidney problems. Talk with the doctor.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Dotarem) best taken?
Use Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- This medicine may irritate the vein. If the drug leaks from the vein, it may also cause irritation around that area. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
What are some other side effects of Dotarem?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling of warmth or coldness where Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) is given.
- Upset stomach.
- Change in taste.
- Feeling hot.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Dotarem?
- If you need to store Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) is refilled. If you have any questions about Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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