Iobenguane i 131 (Intravenous)
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent, Radiopharmaceutical Imaging
Uses for iobenguane i 131
Iobenguane I 131 injection is a radiopharmaceutical. Radiopharmaceuticals are radioactive agents that may be used to find and treat certain diseases or to study the function of the body's organs.
Iobenguane I 131 injection is used to treat iobenguane scan positive, advanced or metastatic (cancer that has spread) pheochromocytoma (cancer of the adrenal glands) or paraganglioma in patients who cannot be treated by surgery and who require systemic cancer treatment.
When very small doses of radioiodinated iobenguane are given, the radioactivity taken up by the adrenal glands helps find the tumors. An image of the gland on film or on a computer screen can be provided to help with the diagnosis.
Iobenguane i 131 is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine or radiation oncology.
Before using iobenguane i 131
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For iobenguane i 131, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to iobenguane i 131 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 performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of iobenguane I 131 injection in children 12 years of age and older. Safety and efficacy have been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of iobenguane I 131 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. When you are receiving iobenguane i 131, 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.
Using iobenguane i 131 with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Ma Huang
- Methylene Blue
- St John's Wort
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 iobenguane i 131. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Infection—May decrease your body's ability to fight an infection.
- Kidney disease, mild or moderate—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of the slower removal of the medicine from the body.
Proper use of iobenguane i 131
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you iobenguane i 131 in a medical facility. Iobenguane i 131 is given through a needle placed into one of your veins.
Drink at least 2 liters of water a day, starting at least 1 day before and continuing for 1 week after each dose of iobenguane i 131.
You may also be given anti-vomiting medicine 30 minutes before receiving iobenguane i 131 and iodine at least 24 hours before and up to 10 days after each dose of iobenguane i 131.
Precautions while using iobenguane i 131
It is very important that your doctor check you and your child's progress at regular visits to make sure iobenguane i 131 is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Receiving iobenguane i 131 while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. It may also cause birth defects if the father is receiving it when his sexual partner becomes pregnant. Female patients should use effective birth control during treatment with iobenguane i 131 and for 7 months after the last dose. Male patients who have female partners should use effective birth control during treatment with iobenguane i 131 and for 4 months after the last dose. If you think you have become pregnant while receiving iobenguane i 131, tell your doctor right away.
You or your child will be exposed to radiation when iobenguane i 131 is given. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about this.
Iobenguane i 131 is passed mainly in the urine where radioactivity is present. Follow these guidelines after receiving iobenguane I 131 injection, to help reduce the chance of contaminating other persons or the environment with radiation:
- Use a normal toilet, if available, instead of a urinal.
- To prevent contamination of your home environment, flush the toilet several times after using.
- Wipe any spilled urine with a tissue and flush it away.
- Wash your hands after using or cleaning the toilet.
- Wash your clothes and bed linens right away if they become soiled with your urine or blood. Wash them separately from other clothes.
- If you cut yourself, was h away any spilled blood.
Iobenguane i 131 may lower the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you or your child may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.
Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have bloody urine, a decrease in frequency or amount of urine, an increase in blood pressure, increased thirst, loss of appetite, lower back or side pain, nausea, swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs, troubled breathing, unusual tiredness or weakness, vomiting, or weight gain. These could be symptoms of a serious kidney problem.
Iobenguane i 131 may cause swelling of the lungs (pneumonitis), which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have new or worsening cough, fever, or trouble breathing.
If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before receiving iobenguane i 131. Some men and women receiving iobenguane i 131 have become infertile (unable to have children).
Do not take other medicines until at least 7 days after each dose of iobenguane I 131 injection or unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal (eg, ma huang, St. John’s Wort, yohimbine) or vitamin supplements.
Iobenguane i 131 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:
- Black, tarry stools
- bladder pain
- bleeding gums
- bleeding under the skin
- blood in the urine or stools
- blurred vision
- body aches or pain
- chest pain
- cloudy urine
- decreased frequency or amount of urine
- difficult or labored breathing
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- dry mouth
- ear congestion
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- frequent urge to urinate
- increased thirst
- loss of appetite
- loss of voice
- lower back or side pain
- nasal congestion
- pale skin
- pinpoint red spots on the skin
- pounding in the ears
- rapid breathing
- runny nose
- slow heartbeat
- sore throat
- sunken eyes
- swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing with exertion ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- weight gain
- wrinkled skin
- depressed mood
- dry skin and hair
- feeling cold
- hair loss
- muscle cramps and stiffness
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:
- Back pain
- change in taste
- decreased weight
- difficulty in moving
- increased sweating
- joint pain
- loss of taste mouth, throat, or jaw pain
- muscle pain, spasm, or stiffness
- neck pain
- pain at the injection site
- pain in the arms or legs
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- stomach distension
- tenderness of the salivary glands
- thinning of the hair
- trouble sleeping
- trouble swallowing
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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