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Dotarem Side Effects

Generic Name: gadoterate meglumine

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of gadoterate meglumine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Dotarem.

Applies to gadoterate meglumine: intravenous solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by gadoterate meglumine (the active ingredient contained in Dotarem). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking gadoterate meglumine, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Rare
  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat
Incidence not known:
  • Areas of the skin that turn red or dark or feel tight
  • bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
  • bone pain in the hips or ribs
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • change in consciousness
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • cough
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • discharge or excessive tearing
  • fainting
  • fever
  • hives or welts
  • increased sweating
  • itching
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle weakness
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • no breathing
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • skin rash
  • skin that burns or itches, swells, scales, or hardens
  • stiff joints or muscles
  • stopping of the heart
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • trouble moving your arms or legs
  • unconsciousness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with gadoterate meglumine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Rare
  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the 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
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • change in taste
  • discomfort in the throat
  • fear
  • loss of taste
  • nausea
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • pain, burning, or cold sensation at the injection site
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • vomiting
Incidence not known:
  • Transient, mild, pleasant aromatic odor

Not all side effects for Dotarem may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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