DOTAREM SOLUTION FOR INJECTION
Active substance(s): GADOTERIC ACID / GADOTERIC ACID / GADOTERIC ACID
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
DOTAREM 0.5 mmol/ml
Solution for injection
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
medicine because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Dotarem is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you are given Dotarem
3. How you will be given Dotarem
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dotarem
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT DOTAREM IS AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR
Other medicines and Dotarem
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines.
There are no known interactions between Dotarem and other medicines.
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
medicines for heart and blood pressure disorders such as beta-blockers.
Dotarem with food and drink
There are no known interactions between Dotarem and food and drink. However,
please check with your doctor or pharmacist if it is required not to eat or drink
before the examination.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are or might become pregnant as
Dotarem should not be used during pregnancy unless strictly necessary.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding. Your
doctor will discuss whether you should continue breast-feeding or interrupt breastfeeding for a period of 24 hours after you receive Dotarem.
Dotarem is a diagnostic agent used in adults and children. It belongs to the group
of contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Driving and using machines
Dotarem is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines. If you feel unwell
after the examination, like nausea (feeling sick), you should not drive or use
This medicine is for diagnostic use only.
Dotarem will be administered to you by intravenous injection.
Dotarem is used to enhance the contrast of the images obtained during MRI
examinations. This contrast enhancement improves the examination of some
areas of the body.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE
YOU ARE GIVEN DOTAREM
You should read the information in this section carefully.
You and your doctor should consider this information before you are given
You should NOT be given DOTAREM if:
• you are allergic to the active substance or any of the other ingredients of
Dotarem (listed in section 6)
• you are allergic to medicines containing gadolinium (like other contrast agents
used for MRI).
Remove all metallic objects that you wear before the examination. Inform your
doctor if you have:
• a pacemaker
• a vascular clip
• an infusion pump
• a nerve stimulator
• a cochlear implant (implant in the inner ear)
• any suspected metallic foreign bodies, particularly in the eye.
This is important as these can result in serious problems, as MRI machines use
very strong magnetic fields.
Warnings and precautions
Inform your doctor if the following applies to you:
• you have previously reacted to a contrast agent during an examination
• you have asthma
• you have a history of allergy (such as seafood allergy, hay fever, urticaria)
• you are being treated with a beta-blocker (medicine for heart and blood pressure
• your kidneys do not work properly
• you have recently had, or soon expect to have, a liver transplant
• you have had convulsions or you are being treated for epilepsy
Like all MRI contrast agents and regardless of the route of administration and the
dose, there is a risk of side effects, usually minor but which may go as far as to
endanger life. The possible serious reactions may occur within an hour and the
minor reactions may occur up to 7 days after administration. They are
unforeseeable but the risk of occurrence is increased if you have already had a
reaction when administered an MRI contrast agent previously (see section 4
“Possible side effects”). If this is the case, you should inform the radiologist who
will perform the injection.
In all these cases, your doctor will only give you Dotarem if the benefits outweigh
the risks. If you are given Dotarem, your doctor will take the precautions necessary
and the administration of Dotarem will be carefully monitored.
Your doctor may decide to take a blood test to check how well your kidneys are
working before making the decision to use Dotarem, especially if you are 65 years
of age or older.
Neonates and infants
As kidney function is immature in babies up to 4 weeks of age and infants up to
1 year of age, Dotarem will only be used in these patients after careful
consideration by the doctor.
3. HOW YOU WILL BE GIVEN DOTAREM
During the examination, you will be under the supervision of a doctor. A plastic
needle will be left in your vein; this will allow the doctor to inject you with
appropriate emergency drugs if necessary. If you experience an allergic reaction,
the administration of Dotarem will be stopped.
The procedure will be carried out in a hospital, clinic or private practice. The
attending staff know what precautions have to be taken for the examination. They
are also aware of any possible complications that can occur.
Your doctor will determine the dose you will receive and supervise the injection.
Dosage in special patient groups
The use of Dotarem is not recommended in patients with severe kidney problems
and patients who have recently had, or soon expect to have, a liver transplant.
However if use is required you should only receive one dose of Dotarem during a
scan and you should not receive a second injection for at least 7 days.
Neonates, infants, children and adolescents
As kidney function is immature in babies up to 4 weeks of age and in infants up to
1 year of age, Dotarem will only be used in these patients after careful
consideration by the doctor. Children should only receive one dose of Dotarem
during a scan and should not receive a second injection for at least 7 days.
Use for angiography is not recommended in children less than 18 years of age.
It is not necessary to adjust your dose if you are 65 years of age or older but you
may have a blood test to check how well your kidneys are working.
If too much Dotarem has been administered to you
It is highly unlikely that you will be given an overdose. You will be given Dotarem
in a medical setting by a trained person. In a real case of overdose, Dotarem can
be removed from the body by haemodialysis (blood cleaning).
If you have any further questions on the use of this product ask your doctor
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody
Most side effects occur during the injection or within the first hour following
administration. Some effects can occur up to several days after Dotarem injection.
Side effects of Dotarem are generally mild to moderate and are temporary.
There is a small risk (rare) that you may have an allergic reaction
to Dotarem. Such reactions can be severe and exceptionally result in
shock (very rare case of allergic reaction that could put your life in danger). Any
of the symptoms listed below may be the first signs of shock.
Immediately inform your doctor or health professional if you have
any of them.
• swelling of the face, mouth ot throat which may cause you difficulties in
swallowing or breathing
• hypotension (low blood pressure)
• breathing difficulties
• whistling breathing
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Altogether, the side effects which have been described for Dotarem are the
Very common side effects (probably affecting more than 1 in 10 people)
• tingling sensation
Common side effects (probably affecting up to 1 in 10 people)
• sensation of warmth or cold and/or pain at the injection site
• nausea (feeling sick)
• vomiting (being sick)
• redness of the skin, itching and rash
Uncommon side effects (probably affecting up to 1 in 100 people)
• allergic reactions
Rare side effects (probably affecting fewer than 1 in 1,000 people)
• unusual taste in the mouth
• urticaria (rash with itching and burning),increased sweating
Very rare side effects (probably affecting fewer than 1 in 10,000 people)
• agitation, anxiety
• coma, seizures, syncope (brief loss of consciousness), faintness (dizziness and
feeling of imminent loss of consciousness), dizziness, disorder of smell
(perception of often unpleasant odours), tremor
• conjunctivitis, red eye, blurred vision, increased tear secretion, eye swelling
• cardiac arrest, acceleration or abnormal slowing of heart beat, irregular heart
beat, palpitations, hypotension or hypertension, increased diameter of blood
• respiratory arrest, pulmonary oedema, breathing difficulties, feeling of tight throat,
wheezing, feeling of blocked nose, sneezing, cough, feeling of dry throat
• diarrhoea, stomach pain, increased saliva secretion
• eczema, other skin reactions (e.g.: red skin)
• muscle contractures, muscle weakness, back pain
• malaise, chest pain, chest discomfort, fever, rigors, swelling of the face, fatigue,
injection site discomfort, injection site reaction, injection site swelling, diffusion of
the product outside of blood vessels that can lead to inflammation (redness and
local pain) or necrosis (death of the cells of the skin) at the injection site,
• decrease in oxygen level in blood
• nephrogenic systemic fibrosis
Injection of Dotarem into small veins can cause reddening and swelling around the
site of injection. If Dotarem is accidently injected outside the vein, pain can occur
around the site of injection.
Superficial phlebitis (blood clot in the vein which causes inflammation)has been
reported in rare cases.
There have been reports of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (which causes
hardening of the skin and may affect also soft tissue and internal organs) most of
which were in patients who received Dotarem together with other gadoliniumcontaining contrast agents. If, during the weeks following the MRI examination,
you notice changes in the colour and/or thickness of your skin in any part of your
body, inform the radiologist who performed the examination.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.You can also report side effects directly
Yellow Card Scheme
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of
5. HOW TO STORE DOTAREM
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children..
The vials do not require any special storage conditions. The pre-filled syringe must
not be frozen.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the vial or the prefilled syringe and on the carton, after the abbreviation “Exp”. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
It is unlikely that you will be asked to dispose of any left over Dotarem. If this
happens ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Dotarem contains
• The active substance is gadoteric acid. One ml of solution for injection contains
279.32 mg of gadoteric acid (as meglumine salt), equivalent to 0.5 mmol of
• The other ingredients are meglumine and water for injection.
What Dotarem looks like and contents of the pack
Dotarem is a clear, colourless to yellow solution for intravenous injection.
The Dotarem pack contains one vial of 5, 10, 15 or 20 ml or one pre-filled syringe
of 10, 15 or 20 ml.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
BP 57400 - 95943 Roissy CdG cedex - France
Tel.: +33 1 45 91 50 00
16-24 rue Jean Chaptal - 93600 Aulnay-sous-Bois - France
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative
of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Guerbet Laboratories Ltd.,
Avon House, 435 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull,
West Midlands B90 4AA
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the
following name : Dotarem
This leaflet was last revised in September 2014.
The following information is intended for medical or healthcare professionals only:
Prior to administration of Dotarem, it is recommended that all
patients are screened for renal dysfunction by obtaining
There have been reports of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) associated with
use of some gadolinium-containing contrast agents in patients with acute or
chronic severe renal impairment (GFR< 30ml/min /1.73 m2). Patients undergoing
liver transplantation are at particular risk since the incidence of acute renal failure
is high in this group. As there is a possibility that NSF may occur with Dotarem,
it should therefore only be used in patients with severe renal impairment and in
patients in the perioperative liver transplantation period after careful risk/benefit
assessment and if the diagnostic information is essential and not available with
non-contrast enhanced MRI. If it is necessary to use Dotarem, the dose should
not exceed 0.1 mmol/kg body weight. More than one dose should not be used
during a scan. Because of the lack of information on repeated administration,
Dotarem injections should not be repeated unless the interval between injections
is at least 7 days.
Due to immature renal function in neonates up to 4 weeks of age and in infants
up to 1 year of age, Dotarem should only be used to this group of patients after
careful consideration at a dose not exceeding 0.1 mmol/kg body weight. More
than one dose should not be used during a scan. Because of the lack of
information on repeated administration, Dotarem injections should not be
repeated unless the interval between injections is at least 7 days.
As the renal clearance of Dotarem may be impaired in the elderly, it is particularly
important to screen patients aged 65 years and older for renal dysfunction.
Haemodialysis shortly after Dotarem administration may be useful at removing
Dotarem from the body. There is no evidence to support the initiation of
haemodialysis for prevention or treatment of NSF in patients not already
Dotarem should not be used during pregnancy unless the clinical condition of the
woman requires use of gadoteric acid.
Continuing or discontinuing breast feeding for a period of 24 hours after
administration of Dotarem, should be at the discretion of the doctor and lactating
The peel-off tracking label on the vials or syringes should be stuck onto the
patient record to enable accurate recording of the gadolinium contrast agent
used. The dose used should also be recorded. If electronic patient records
are used, the name of the product, the batch number and the dose should
be entered into the patient record.
• runny nose
• eye irritation
• urticaria (patches of red skin, severely itching)
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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