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Lumason Side Effects

Generic Name: sulfur hexafluoride

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

For the Consumer

Applies to sulfur hexafluoride: powder for suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by sulfur hexafluoride (the active ingredient contained in Lumason). 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 sulfur hexafluoride, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Incidence not known:
  • Blurred vision
  • cold, clammy skin
  • confusion
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fainting
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • fast, weak pulse
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • lightheadedness
  • nervousness
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • no breathing
  • noisy breathing
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • seizures
  • skin itching, rash, or redness
  • stopping of heart
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • tightness in the chest
  • unconsciousness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with sulfur hexafluoride 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
  • Change in taste
  • loss of taste
  • nausea
  • pain or warmth at the injection site

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to sulfur hexafluoride: intravenous powder for injection

General

The most common side effects are headache and nausea.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Flushing
Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypotension
Postmarketing reports: Arrhythmia, hypertensive episode, severe cardiopulmonary reactions[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity, anaphylactic reaction, anaphylactoid reaction[Ref]

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache, paresthesia, dizziness, dysgeusia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Sinus headache
Frequency not reported: Loss of consciousness, vasovagal reaction[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea
Rare (less than 0.1%): Abdominal pain[Ref]

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pruritus, rash[Ref]

Local

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Injection site reaction, injection site pain, injection site warmth[Ref]

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blood glucose increased[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Back pain[Ref]

Other

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chest pain, chest discomfort, pain, fatigue, feeling hot[Ref]

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngitis[Ref]

Ocular

Rare (less than 0.1%): Blurred vision[Ref]

Psychiatric

Rare (less than 0.1%): Insomnia[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. "Product Information. Lumason (sulfur hexafluoride)." Bracco Diagnostics Inc, Princeton, NJ.

Not all side effects for Lumason 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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