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Technetium tc 99m mertiatide (Injection)

tek-NEE-shee-um Tc 99m mer-TYE-a-tide

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Technescan Mag3

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Kit

Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent, Radiopharmaceutical Imaging

Uses For This Medicine

Technetium Tc 99m mertiatide 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.

Technetium Tc 99m mertiatide injection is used to help your doctor see an image of your kidneys to see how well they are working.

Technetium tc 99m mertiatide is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine.

Before Using This Medicine

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 technetium tc 99m mertiatide, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to technetium tc 99m mertiatide 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 performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of technetium Tc 99m mertiatide injection in children. However, safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 1 month of age.

Geriatric

No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of technetium Tc 99m mertiatide injection in geriatric patients.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category Explanation
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.

Breast Feeding

Studies in women breastfeeding have demonstrated harmful infant effects. An alternative to this medication should be prescribed or you should stop breastfeeding while using technetium tc 99m mertiatide.

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 This Medicine

A doctor or other health professional will give you technetium tc 99m mertiatide. Technetium tc 99m mertiatide is given through a needle placed in a vein.

You should try to urinate right away and more frequently for 6 hours after receiving technetium tc 99m mertiatide. Drink plenty of fluids before and after receiving technetium tc 99m mertiatide so you will pass more urine.

Precautions While Using This Medicine

It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving technetium tc 99m mertiatide. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it.

You will be exposed to radiation when you are given technetium tc 99m mertiatide. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about this.

This Medicine 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

  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • fever
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • seizures
  • shaking chills
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • tightness in the chest

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

  • Headache
  • itching or rash
  • 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.

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