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Gadopentetate Dimeglumine (gad oh PEN te tate dye MEG loo meen)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Magnevist

Brand Names: Canada

Magnevist®

Warning

  • If your child has kidney disease, this drug may cause a very bad health problem. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has joint stiffness, muscle weakness, very bad bone pain in the hips or ribs, yellow eyes, or very bad skin irritation.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to gadopentetate dimeglumine or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has very bad kidney disease.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has asthma, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has liver disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has sickle cell disease, talk with the doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows signs of very bad dizziness or passes out.
  • If your child has joint stiffness.
  • If your child has very bad bone pain in the hips or ribs.
  • If your child has swelling.
  • If your child is feeling very tired or weak.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
  • Short-term pain after use.
  • Bad taste in your mouth. This most often goes back to normal.
  • Unsafe allergic effects may rarely happen.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • It is given as a shot into a vein.
  • This drug will be given to your child by a doctor.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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