Diatrizoate (Injection Route)

1 Diatrizoate (Injection Route): A Summary

Generic: Diatrizoate (Injection Route)

Diatrizoate meglumine injection is a radiopaque contrast agent used to aid in the diagnosis of the condition of the urinary bladder.

Contrast agents are used to creating a clear picture of the different parts of the body during certain medical procedures, such as retrograde cystourethrography.

This drug is to be used only by or under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this drug, 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.

Data on the relationship of age to the effects of diatrizoate meglumine injection in the pediatric and geriatric population are still unavailable while safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of diatrizoate meglumine injection in geriatric patients.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug 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 drugs such as Metformin, or Propranolol.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription and nonprescription drugs.

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug 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.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as allergy to iodine or other contrast agents, asthma, or urinary tract infection.

3 Proper Usage

A trained healthcare professional will be the one to give you this drug in a hospital. This drug is given through a catheter.

Your healthcare professional may give you a laxative the night before the test, and may recommend a low residue diet the day before the procedure.

4 Precautions to Take

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.

Inform your healthcare professional if you have seizures, trouble breathing, or tightness in the chest after receiving this drug.

Notify the healthcare professional in charge that you are receiving this drug before having any medical tests done since the results of some tests may be affected by this drug.

5 Potential Side Effects

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • blood in the urine
  • convulsions
  • cough
  • the decrease in the amount of urine
  • the difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives
  • itching or rash
  • not able to pass urine
  • pain or burning while urinating
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the drug, 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.

Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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