Iohexol

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: US

Omnipaque

Brand Names: Canada

Omnipaque

Warning

  • Some products must not be given into the spine. Very bad and sometimes deadly health problems have happened when these products were given into the spine. This includes bleeding in the brain, coma, heart attack, kidney failure, paralysis, or seizures. Talk with the doctor.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used before an x-ray or an alike test.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • If your child has an allergy to any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child is dehydrated, has been eating poorly, or has used a laxative or water pill before this drug.
  • If your child has had a skin reaction to this drug or another drug like it in the past.
  • If your child is taking metformin.

Injection (if given into the spine):

  • If your child has an infection.
  • If your child is taking any drugs that may raise the chance of seizures, or has taken one in the last 48 hours. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Injection (if given in the vein):

  • If your child is not able to pass urine.

If used before an x-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes:

  • If your child is having her menstrual period or has a genital infection.
  • If your child has had a type of tissue taken out (curettage) or a type of cervix biopsy (conization) within the past 30 days.
  • If your child has had a pregnancy ended within the past 6 months.
  • If your child is pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not give this drug to your child if she is pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

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

All products:

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Your child’s blood work may need to be checked. Talk with the doctor.
  • Thyroid problems have happened after use of this drug. Some people had to be treated for these thyroid problems. Talk with the doctor.
  • A very bad and sometimes deadly reaction has happened with this drug. Most of the time, this reaction has signs like fever, rash, or swollen glands with problems in body organs like the liver, kidney, blood, heart, muscles and joints, or lungs. Talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has sickle cell disease, talk with the doctor.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your child’s health care providers and lab workers that your child takes this drug.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

Injection:

  • Blood clots have happened with this drug when used with some heart procedures. Sometimes, blood clots may cause heart attack and stroke, which may be deadly. Talk with the doctor.

Injection (if given into the spine):

  • This drug may raise the chance of seizures in some people, including people who have had seizures in the past. Talk to the doctor to see if your child has a greater chance of seizures while taking this drug.

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

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.

Injection:

  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • This drug may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your child’s nurse if your child has any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your child’s body.

Injection (if given into the spine):

  • Seizures.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Back pain.
  • Stiff neck.

Liquid:

  • Swelling.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

All products:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

Injection:

  • Headache.

Injection (if given in the vein):

  • Feeling of warmth.

Liquid:

  • Belly pain.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Gas.
  • Feeling of warmth.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • You will need to be sure that your child is not dehydrated before getting this drug. Check with the doctor to see if you need to have your child drink extra fluids before getting this drug.
  • Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids after the test is over unless told to drink less liquid by the doctor.

Injection:

  • Your child’s doctor will give this drug.

Injection (if given into the spine):

  • Other drugs may be given before this drug to help avoid side effects.

Liquid:

  • It may be given by mouth or given rectally.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

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.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

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.

Last Reviewed Date

2017-05-10

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