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Sulfur hexafluoride Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to sulfur hexafluoride: intravenous powder for injection

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking sulfur hexafluoride: hives, skin redness, rash; warmth, numbness, or tingly feeling; trouble breathing, tight feeling in your throat; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, serious or fatal reactions may occur during the injection or shortly afterward. Tell your caregivers right away if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • severe dizziness, or a cold sweat;

  • chest pain, wheezing, trouble breathing;

  • fast or slow heartbeats;

  • severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, anxiety, confusion; or

  • slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, weak or shallow breathing.

You may be more likely to have a serious reaction if you have severe or uncontrolled heart problems (congestive heart failure, a recent heart attack, serious heart rhythm disorder).

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea;

  • headache;

  • altered sense of taste;

  • feeling hot; or

  • pain or warmth where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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.

It is possible that some side effects of sulfur hexafluoride may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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