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Visipaque Side Effects

Generic Name: iodixanol

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug iodixanol. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Visipaque.

For the Consumer

Applies to iodixanol: injection solution

As well as its needed effects, iodixanol (the active ingredient contained in Visipaque) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

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

Less common:
  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
Rare
  • Agitation
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cough
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficulty breathing
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • extreme fatigue
  • fainting
  • feeling of warmth
  • headache
  • hostility
  • irregular breathing
  • irritability
  • lethargy
  • muscle twitching
  • noisy breathing
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • rapid weight gain
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • seizures
  • severe or sudden headache
  • stupor
  • sudden loss of coordination
  • sudden slurring of speech
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • swelling of the fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • vomiting
  • weight gain

Minor Side Effects

Some iodixanol side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Less common:
  • Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • change in taste
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • itching or skin rash
  • sensation of spinning
Rare
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • anxiety
  • back pain
  • belching
  • continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • dry mouth
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hearing loss
  • heartburn
  • hives or welts
  • hyperventilation
  • indigestion
  • redness of the skin
  • restlessness
  • severe sleepiness
  • shaking
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • transient, mild, pleasant aromatic odor
  • trouble sleeping

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to iodixanol: injectable solution

General

Serious reactions as well as fatalities are only seen on very rare occasions. Serious adverse reactions may include acute/chronic renal failure, anaphylactic or anaphylactoid shock, hypersensitivity reaction followed by cardiac reactions (Kounis' syndrome), cardiac or cardio-respiratory arrest and myocardial infarction.[Ref]

Genitourinary

Very common (10% or more): Vaginal hemorrhage (intrathecal)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hematuria[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Angina pectoris, chest pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arrhythmias, cardiac failure, conduction abnormalities, hypotension, myocardial infarction, flushing, peripheral ischemia.
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Hypotension
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypertension, ischemia
Frequency not reported: Ventricular hypokinesia, myocardial ischemia, arterial spasm, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, thrombocytopenia, cardiorespiratory arrest, spasm of coronary arteries, shock[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Nonurticarial rash, erythema, pruritus, rash, urticaria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hematoma, increased sweating
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Angioedema
Frequency not reported: Severe pustular or bullous skin reactions, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, toxic epidermal necrolysis, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, drug eruption, dermatitis allergic, skin exfoliation[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Diarrhea, vomiting, dyspepsia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort
Frequency not reported: Acute pancreatitis, pancreatitis aggravated, salivary gland enlargement[Ref]

Local

Common (1% to 10%): Injection site pain[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, migraine, paresthesia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nervousness, dizziness, sensory disturbance, syncope, parosmia, cerebral vascular disorder, convulsions, hypoesthesia, stupor
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Cerebrovascular accident, amnesia
Frequency not reported: Disturbances in consciousness, coma, motor dysfunction, transient contrast induced encephalopathy (including hallucination), tremor
Postmarketing reports: Dyskinesia[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Scotoma
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal vision
Frequency not reported: Transient blindness[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Vertigo
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Edema, fatigue, malaise, tinnitus, feeling hot
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Pain, pyrexia, shivering (chills), administration site reactions including
extravasation
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Feeling cold, asthenic conditions
Frequency not reported: Iodism[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions usually present as respiratory or cutaneous symptoms like dyspnea, rash, erythema, urticaria, pruritus, skin reaction, angioneurotic edema, hypotension, fever, laryngeal edema, bronchospasm or pulmonary edema. They may appear either immediately after the injection or up to a few days later.
Hypersensitivity reactions may occur irrespectively of the dose and mode of administration and mild symptoms may represent the first signs of a serious anaphylactoid reaction/shock.[Ref]

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngeal edema
Frequency not reported: Anaphylactoid reaction, anaphylactoid shock[Ref]

Psychiatric

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Agitation, anxiety, insomnia, confusion[Ref]

Renal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal renal function, acute renal failure[Ref]

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asthma, bronchitis, dyspnea, pulmonary edema, rhinitis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Cough
Frequency not reported: Non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, respiratory failure
Postmarketing reports: Pulmonary embolism, respiratory depression[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Rare (less than 0.1%): Back pain
Frequency not reported: Arthralgia
Postmarketing reports: Polymyalgia rheumatica[Ref]

Hematologic

Postmarketing reports: Hemorrhage[Ref]

Metabolic

Postmarketing reports: Hypoglycemia[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. "Product Information. Visipaque (iodixanol)." Nycomed Inc, Princeton, NJ.

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

It is possible that some side effects of Visipaque 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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