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Gadoterate meglumine Side Effects

Applies to gadoterate meglumine: intravenous solution

Along with its needed effects, gadoterate meglumine 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 while taking gadoterate meglumine:

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

Some side effects of gadoterate meglumine 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:

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

Some side effects of gadoterate meglumine may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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