ioversol (generic name)

Optiray (brand name)

It is used during a CT scan or x-ray to diagnose many different medical conditions
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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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • blood clots or stroke
  • dehydrated
  • diabetes
  • heart disease or heart failure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • multiple myeloma
  • pheochromocytoma
  • 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
  • breast-feeding

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.

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:

  • amiodarone
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • some contrast dyes taken by mouth

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):

  • anxiety
  • bitter or bad taste in your mouth
  • headache
  • nausea
  • nose congestion
  • unusual feeling of pain or warmth

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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.

Last Updated: May 07, 2009
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