This information will help prevent an allergic reaction to the contrast media you will receive during your scheduled CT scan.
There are many reasons someone could have a reaction to contrast media. Your doctor has decided you need to take medication to prevent or minimize your chance of having a reaction. Most patients take a medication called prednisone. If you cannot swallow pills, tell your doctor. He or she will tell you what to do instead.
You are scheduled to have a CT scan on ____________ at ____________ am | pm. If the time is changed, adjust the times you take the prednisone. The first dose should be taken 13 hours before the CT scan, the second dose 7 hours before, and the third dose, 1 hour before.
- Your doctor wants you to take 3 doses of prednisone. Take one 50 mg tablet at:
_____ am | pm (13 hours before your CT scan) on____________________(date)
_____ am | pm (7 hours before your CT scan) on____________________(date)
_____ am | pm (1 hour before your CT scan) on ____________________(date)
- If your doctor wants you take any additional medication or any medication instead, your doctor or nurse will write in the name of it below. Take:
__________________________ at _____ am | pm, 1 hour before you are scheduled to have the CT scan.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.