Generic Name: Gadopentetate Dimeglumine (gad oh PEN te tate dye MEG loo meen)
Brand Name: Magnevist
Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018.
- This medicine raises the chance of a health problem called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in some people. This may lead to very bad and sometimes deadly skin, muscle, and organ 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 Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine), talk with your doctor if you have any of these health problems: High blood pressure, high blood sugar (diabetes), kidney disease, or liver disease. Tell your doctor if you have recently taken a drug like this one.
- If you are 60 or older, use Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Your blood work may need to be checked. Talk with your doctor.
Uses of Magnevist:
- It is used during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Magnevist?
- If you have an allergy to gadopentetate dimeglumine or any other part of Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have kidney disease.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed after the test is over for as long as your doctor has told you.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine).
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 Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) 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 Magnevist?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
- Kidney failure has happened with Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) in people who already had kidney problems. 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 Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Magnevist) best taken?
Use Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) 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.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
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 cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
What are some other side effects of Magnevist?
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:
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-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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 Magnevist?
- If you need to store Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) 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 a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- 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.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, 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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- Drug class: magnetic resonance imaging contrast media