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Vasovist Side Effects

Generic name: gadofosveset trisodium

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 2, 2023.

Note: This document contains side effect information about gadofosveset trisodium. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Vasovist.

Applies to gadofosveset trisodium: intravenous solution.


Gadofosveset trisodium can cause a life-threatening condition in people with advanced kidney disease. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • burning, itching, swelling, scaling, and tightening or hardening of your skin;

  • muscle weakness;

  • joint stiffness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet;

  • deep bone pain in your ribs or your hips;

  • trouble moving; or

  • skin redness or discoloration.

Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. You may not be able to receive gadofosveset trisodium. Also tell your doctor if you have recently received any contrast agent similar to gadofosveset trisodium.

Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, a heart rhythm disorder, a personal or family history of Long QT Syndrome, asthma or allergies, if you are over 60 years old, if you have ever had a reaction to a contrast agent, or if you have recently had an injury, surgery, or severe infection.

Your doctor or other healthcare provider may want to watch you for a short time after your test is over. This is to make sure you do not have any unwanted side effects or delayed reactions.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking gadofosveset trisodium (the active ingredient contained in Vasovist) hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

Less serious side effects of gadofosveset trisodium may include:

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 gadofosveset trisodium: intravenous solution.


Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included pruritus.[Ref]


Local side effects have included injection site bruising, burning sensation, and venipuncture site bruise.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache, paresthesia, and dizziness (excluding vertigo).[Ref]


Cardiovascular side effects have included vasodilatation and hypertension.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and dysgeusia.[Ref]


General side effects have included feeling cold.[Ref]


1. (2009) "Product Information. Vasovist (gadofosveset trisodium)." Bayer Pharmaceutical Inc

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.