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Gallium ga 68 psma-11 (Intravenous)

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Illuccix
  • Locametz

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Uses for gallium ga 68 psma-11

Gallium Ga 68 PSMA-11 injection is used with a PET scan (positron emission tomography) of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positive lesions in men with prostate cancer. It is given in patients with suspected metastasis (cancer that has spread to the other parts of the body) who are candidates for initial treatment, in patients with suspected recurrence (cancer that keeps coming back) based on an increased serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, and for selection in patients with metastatic (cancer that has spread) prostate cancer, for whom lutetium Lu 177 vipivotide tetraxetan PSMA-directed treatment is used.

Gallium Ga 68 PSMA-11 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 psma-11 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 psma-11

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 gallium ga 68 psma-11 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

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of Illuccix® and Locametz® in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Use of gallium Ga 68 PSMA-11 injection in children is not indicated.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of gallium Ga 68 PSMA-11 injection in the elderly.

Breastfeeding

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 psma-11

A doctor or other trained health professional will give you gallium ga 68 psma-11. Gallium ga 68 psma-11 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 psma-11

It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving gallium ga 68 psma-11. 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 psma-11, you will be exposed to radiation and increase risk of cancer. If you have any questions about this, talk to your doctor.

Gallium ga 68 psma-11 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.

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

  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

Rare

  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of 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
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • vomiting

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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.