Gallium citrate ga 67 (Intravenous)
Medically reviewed on September 3, 2018
GAL-ee-um SIT-rate Ga 67
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent, Radiopharmaceutical Imaging
Uses For gallium citrate ga 67
Gallium citrate Ga 67 injection 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.
Gallium citrate Ga 67 injection is used to help your doctor diagnose if you have certain types of cancer, such as Hodgkin's disease, lymphoma, or lung cancer. It is also used to help your doctor see if you have acute swollen lesions.
Gallium citrate ga 67 is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine.
Before Using gallium citrate ga 67
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:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to gallium citrate ga 67 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.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of gallium citrate Ga 67 injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of gallium citrate Ga 67 injection in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney, liver, or heart problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving gallium citrate Ga 67 injection.
|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.|
Studies in women breastfeeding have demonstrated harmful infant effects. An alternative to this medication should be prescribed or you should stop breastfeeding while using gallium citrate ga 67.
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. When you are receiving this diagnostic test, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Receiving this diagnostic test with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Gallium Nitrate
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.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this diagnostic test. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Liver disease—Use with caution. May make this condition worse.
Proper Use of gallium citrate ga 67
A doctor or other trained health professional will give you gallium citrate ga 67. Gallium citrate ga 67 is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
Your doctor may want to give you medicines (e.g., enemas, laxatives) for one week after receiving gallium citrate Ga 67 injection. This is to help remove gallium citrate ga 67 completely from your body.
Precautions While Using gallium citrate ga 67
It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving gallium citrate ga 67. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it.
While using gallium citrate ga 67, you may be exposed to radiation. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about this.
Gallium citrate ga 67 contains benzyl alcohol which may cause serious reactions to newborns, premature or low-birthweight infants, or patients with liver disease. Discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned.
The vial stopper contains dry natural rubber (a derivative of latex), which may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to latex. Tell your doctor if you have a latex allergy before you start using gallium citrate ga 67.
Gallium citrate ga 67 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:
- difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
- shortness of breath
- skin rash
- swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
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:
Incidence not known
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
- flushing or redness of the skin
- itching (severe)
- unusually warm skin
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.
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