Technetium tc 99m succimer (Intravenous)
Generic Name: dimercaptosuccinic acid (tek-NEE-shee-um Tc 99m SUX-i-mer)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 20, 2020.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- MPI DMSA
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Diagnostic Agent, Radiopharmaceutical Imaging
Uses for technetium tc 99m succimer
Technetium Tc 99m succimer 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 succimer injection is used to help your doctor see an image of your kidneys to diagnose certain kidney problems.
Technetium tc 99m succimer is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine.
Before using technetium tc 99m succimer
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 succimer, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to technetium tc 99m succimer 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 technetium Tc 99m succimer injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Although appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of technetium Tc 99m succimer injection have not been performed in the geriatric population, no geriatric-specific problems have been documented to date. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose patients receiving technetium Tc 99m succimer injection.
Studies suggest that this medication may alter milk production or composition. If an alternative to this medication is not prescribed, you should monitor the infant for side effects and adequate milk intake.
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 technetium tc 99m succimer
A doctor or other health professional will give you technetium tc 99m succimer. Technetium tc 99m succimer is given through a needle placed in a vein.
Precautions while using technetium tc 99m succimer
It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving technetium tc 99m succimer. 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 succimer. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about this.
Technetium tc 99m succimer 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:
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:
- rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the 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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