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Iodine, Ioversol Solution for injection
Generic Name: ioversol | Brand Name: Optiray
What is this medicine?IOVERSOL is a contrast agent. It is used during a CT scan or x-ray to diagnose many different medical conditions. This medicine can be used to see the blood vessels around your heart, brain, kidney, or other structures in your body. It can also be used to help diagnose blood clots.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- blood clots or stroke
- heart disease or heart failure
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- multiple myeloma
- sickle cell disease
- thyroid disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to iohexol, iodine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?This does not apply.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- metformin and combination drugs containing metformin
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- medicines for blood pressure
- some contrast dyes taken by mouth
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Follow all instructions of your health care provider before and after your test. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in vision
- chest pain
- chills or fever
- fast or irregular heart beat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- pain at site where injected
- pain or tingling in your hands or feet
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- bitter or bad taste in your mouth
- nose congestion
- unusual feeling of pain or warmth
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.