Gallium ga 68 dotatate (Intravenous)
GAL-ee-um Ga 68 DOE-ta-tate
Medically reviewed on Oct 4, 2018
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent, Radiopharmaceutical Imaging
Uses For gallium ga 68 dotatate
Gallium Ga 68 dotatate injection is used with a PET scan (positron emission tomography) for localization of somatostatin receptor positive neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in adults and children.
Gallium Ga 68 dotatate 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 ga 68 dotatate is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine.
Before Using gallium ga 68 dotatate
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 ga 68 dotatate 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 Ga 68 dotatate 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 Ga 68 dotatate injection in the elderly.
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 gallium ga 68 dotatate
A doctor or other trained health professional will give you gallium ga 68 dotatate. Gallium ga 68 dotatate is given through a needle placed in one of your veins just before you have a PET scan.
Drink enough water to be hydrated before the PET scan.
You will need to urinate right away and as often as possible for at least 1 hour after the PET scan.
Precautions While Using gallium ga 68 dotatate
It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving gallium ga 68 dotatate. 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 gallium ga 68 dotatate, you will be exposed to radiation. If you have any questions about this, talk to your doctor.
Gallium ga 68 dotatate 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:
Incidence not known
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
- skin rash
- tightness in the chest
- trouble breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
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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