Technetium Tc 99m sulfur colloid is a radio-pharmaceutical used imaging studies for esophagus, stomach, and lungs to determine their integrity. This drug also helps diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease and pulmonary aspiration.
This drug must be given only by or under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional with specialized training in nuclear medicine.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before doing any diagnostic test, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.
Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.
Studies on the relationship of age to the effects of technetium Tc 99m sulfur in the pediatric population have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established. There is insufficient data regarding the relationship of age to the effects of technetium Tc 99m sulfur in geriatric patients.
Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies regarding the effects in pregnant women or animals are inadequate. Infant risk is undetermined in studies of using this drug during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects. Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs. Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other vaccines such as yellow fever vaccines.
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this vaccine is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
A trained healthcare professional is the only one allowed to give you this drug. This drug is given by mouth or by a nasogastric tube and should be combined with milk feeding for children
4 Precautions to Take
Consult with your healthcare professional to monitor the effectiveness of this drug and whether you should continue using it.
Contact emergency medical services immediately if symptoms of anaphylaxis such as very fast or irregular breathing, gasping for breath, wheezing, fainting, changes in color of the skin of the face, very fast but irregular heartbeat or pulse, hive-like swellings on the skin, and puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes.
Exposure to radiation is unavoidable when given this drug. There is a risk of developing cancer when taking this drug.
For women in childbearing age, imaging procedures should be done within 10 days after the start of your monthly period or a pregnancy test should be performed within 48 hours before the procedure.
5 Potential Side Effects
Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.
Inform you healthcare provider if you experience unusual symptoms such as cold, clammy skin, confusion, cough, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, fast heartbeat, fast, weak pulse, hives or welts, itching, lightheadedness, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, rash, redness of the skin, shortness of breath, sweating tightness in the chest, unusual tiredness or weakness, wheezing, chills, difficult or labored breathing, fever, heart stops no breathing, no pulse or blood pressure, seizures, and unconsciousness.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.
Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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